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Titre : Landfall
Éditeur : Blackstone Audiobooks, United States
Date d'édition : 2015
Reliure : CD-Audio
Etat du livre : New
Edition : Unabridged.
Language: English Brand New. Two mothers and their teenage daughters, whose lives collide in a fatal car crash, take turns narrating Ellen Urbani s breathtaking novel Landfall, set in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Eighteen-year-olds Rose and Rosebud have never met, but they share a birth year, a name, and a bloody pair of sneakers. Rose s quest to atone for the accident that kills Rosebud, a young woman so much like herself but for the color of her skin, unfolds alongside Rosebud s battle to survive the devastating flooding in the Lower Ninth Ward and to find help for her unstable mother.These unforgettable characters give voice to the dead of the storm and, in a stunning twist, demonstrate how what we think we know can make us blind to what matters most. N° de réf. du libraire AAS9781504669252
Synopsis : Two mothers and their teenage daughters, whose lives collide in a fatal car crash, take turns narrating Ellen Urbani's breathtaking novel, Landfall, set in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Eighteen-year-olds Rose and Rosebud have never met but they share a birth year, a name, and a bloody pair of sneakers. Rose's quest to atone for the accident that kills Rosebud, a young woman so much like herself but for the color of her skin, unfolds alongside Rosebud's battle to survive the devastating flooding in the Lower Ninth Ward and to find help for her unstable mother. These unforgettable characters give voice to the dead of the storm and, in a stunning twist, demonstrate how what we think we know can make us blind to what matters most.
Critique: "With her new novel Landfall, Ellen Urbani enters the world of American fiction with a bang and a flourish. She brings back the terrible Hurricane Katrina that tore some of the heart out of the matchless city of New Orleans, but did not lay a finger on its soul. It is the story of people caught in that storm and the lives both ruined and glorified in its passage. Her descriptions of the flooding of the Ninth Ward are Faulknerian in their powers. It's a hell of a book and worthy of the storm and times it describes." -- Pat Conroy, author of The Prince of Tides "A gorgeous and raw rendering of a young woman's struggle for redemption, for forgiveness, for salvation, in the aftermath of the devastating catastrophe of Katrina. Landfall is not about a storm; it is about the resiliency of the human spirit, and our ongoing need to make sense of the world around us, no matter the cost. Urbani has crafted a powerful novel that will resonate in your soul long after you have turned the final page. Outstanding!" -- Garth Stein, author of The Art of Racing in the Rain "Ellen Urbani has written an amazing and original piece of literature. If you love Isabel Allende's House of the Spirits you will love this book!" -- Fannie Flagg, author of Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe "Urbani boldly sets her story among some of the most disturbing events of that time, sensitively evoking the desperation of the survivors of the hurricane and its mishandled aftershocks. To her great credit, she never shies away from the realities of poverty, race, and racism, nor does she fail to give people, both white and black, individual characters, unique histories, and often warm hearts." -- Kirkus "A deeply soulful novel set during the chaos of Hurricane Katrina and the long, moody ebb of its aftermath, Landfall recalls Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God for the strength of the women in its pages, and their resilience despite immeasurable loss. Urbani knows it's only love that truly overcomes catastrophe, that even as we search for the answer to that most elusive question--Why?--everything in our lives can always change in an instant, sometimes even for the better." -- Tony D'Souza, author of Mule "Landfall is a poignant, provocative, and utterly compelling story of two fatherless girls forced into adulthood too soon. Ellen Urbani has accomplished the nearly impossible: creating a fictional world so real you'll revel in its beauty and flinch from its pain. I could not put this book down. And the ending is worth every page that precedes it." -- Hope Edelman, author of Motherless Daughters "From the first sentence, I was drawn into the intricately wrought emotional lives of Urbani's nuanced characters and didn't put the book down until I'd found my way to the end. This novel is as delightful and compelling as it is necessary, broadening the cultural conversation around community, love, loss and inequity. It's about making human connections, particularly during times of grief. Landfall, like the best literature, delivers an expansive, rich sense of humanity." -- Monica Drake, author of The Stud Book "Reading Ellen Urbani's writing is like reading a painting, or a song. It's that colorful and alive. Urbani sweeps you up into her world and carries you through this gripping story about two young women affected by similar tragedies." -- Kerry Cohen, author of Loose Girl: A Memoir of Promiscuity "Urbani's lyrical voice tells a story that reminds us to look for hope when we're in the midst of tragedy, for connection when we feel lost. And when we do, life just might surprise us. Powerfully told, this story will stay with you long after you've read the final page." -- Ali McCart, PNBA Event Coordinator "Ellen Urbani's story of Katrina and its aftermath is an important part of America's modern mythology, a chronicle of one of our greatest national trials. But Urbani's characters reach beyond mythology: two rich and complex young women, two troubled and heartbreaking older women, whose separate journeys and literal collision are unique yet timeless. Landfall is a mirror in the floodwaters, showing us our own distorted faces in the murk and mayhem of our recent past." -- Samuel Snoek-Brown, author of Hagridden "Shortly after we started working together, Laura sent me an early galley of Landfall. I absolutely loved it and rank it as one of the best books I have read in years." -- Mark Suchomel, President, Client Services, The Perseus Books Group "This is one of the best mother-daughter books ever, and there are two sets of women she deftly deals with and brings together in an unexpected way. This book could have fallen into maudlin territory but Urbani never lets that happen. I grew to love all the characters and she does an unflinching job of bringing the chaos, terror, and sadness of Katrina to life in a way so primal and so removed from what we saw on the news. She is a seriously good writer." -- Cindy Heidemann, field sales, Legato Publishers Group Praise for the author's 2006 memoir, When I Was Elena A Book Sense Notable selection "The writing is gorgeous. While [Ellen's] own story is riveting and bursting with observation, illustration, color, action, and life, the stories of the local women are extraordinary gifts of insight and caring that can make a difference in the way these women, and women like them, are seen. Perhaps understood. It is a book that one stays with, because [Ellen has] not backed away from the razor's edge--which is the truth of [her] own experience." -- Alice Walker, Pulitzer Prize winner and author of The Color Purple "I loved this book. The writing is smart and gorgeous. The storytelling is equal parts sad, funny, insightful, and surprising. I was inspired by this book and also riveted. In it we get the story not only of Elena--the daring, hilarious, kind-hearted Peace Corps worker--but also that of the many women Elena came to know during her years in Guatemala. It's a bold approach, to tell the story of women so different from her, but it works wonderfully and I was as deeply engaged with each of these women as I was with Elena herself. I found myself thinking about each of these women in the hours throughout the day when I wasn't reading their stories, anxious to get back to the book to see what happened next. I highly recommend When I Was Elena." -- Cheryl Strayed, bestselling author of Wild "She records events with unflinching precision, leavened with an amiable sense of the absurd--as when a crone blithely steals [Urbani's] mattress, which is imbued with new value by a white woman's touch. Even the kindness extended to her is riddled with poignant irony, as a neighbor slaughters her chickens to feed the author's ailing dog. " -- Publishers Weekly
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