My latest favorite is by Rosalyn Story, WADING HOME: A Novel of New Orleans.The writing is lush and lyrical and the story is totally engaging, the saga of a young man desperately seeking his father, who may have perished in the floodwaters of Katrina. Along the way he reconnects with a woman he once loved and lost.
The book bowled me over for many reasons. My first suspense thriller, Absolution, is set in pre-Katrina New Orleans. My next one takes place in fourteen months after Katrina. I lived in New Orleans for eight years and I too survived Katrina, so I can relate to many of the scenes described in Story's novel. The protagonist is a male jazz trumpet player, and I played trumpet professionally for many years. I'm also a huge jazz fan, and the author excells at describing the young trumpeter's travails as he tries to maintain his "chops" while searching for his father. Like me, the author is a musician, though not a trumpeter. She plays violin with the Fort Worth Symphony.
Story has created some fascinating characters in a tale about one African-American family and the secrets that come back to haunt them. Here's the link to the book on amazon.
This is my first Red Room blog post ... because I loved the topic and the book.