Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Dark Rain: A New Orleans Story by Mat Johnson and Simon Gane

Mat Johnson, author of Incognegro, has written an uncompromising tale about the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. He also manages to twist a bank heist into the plot and somehow ends what is essentially a grim story with a note of hope for the future. I also read A.D. New Orleans After the Deluge by Josh Neufeld, and if you are interested in this part of the world (which is particularly relevant given the recent BP oil spill), you won't want to miss it, either. Read both books - then try to figure out what you can do to help New Orleans.
Grade 8+