THE NEW ORLEANS
Two short stories and a novella, all set in New
Orleans during the time of hurricane Katrina.
As one of the most devastating natural disasters ever to strike
North America plays out, the lives of New Orleans’ residents are
thrown into turmoil. ‘The New Orleans Trilogy’ charts the progress
of a few of these people as they struggle to make sense of the chaos
and search for a way out of the flooded city.
A man finds himself out of work after giving his
best years to his employer. Struggling with the idea of being
redundant, he sinks into a depression. One terrible day, a tragic
accident befalls his young daughter, and when he thought things
couldn’t get any worse he suddenly finds himself entertaining
And The Attic
As the levees break, water pours into the Lower
Ninth and the streets begin to flood. Early in the morning, Quinton
Foley wakes to find his bedroom filling with freezing, dirty water.
Waking his elderly parents, they seek refuge in their attic and can
only watch in horror as the flood waters continue to rise.
Out Is Through
Schwarzesloch remains in the city as Katrina
strikes, holed up in his house as the world seems to collapse around
it. Once the storm is over, he is forced to abandon his property
and take to the flooded streets. As he makes his way towards the
perceived safety of the Superdome, he meets an unlikely travelling
companion and, during the next few days, they do whatever they can
to escape the city.
The authorities seem to have abandoned New Orleans. Nowhere is
safe. There is no law. Society has broken down and only the
strongest will survive.