For many months after Hurricane Katrina, life in New Orleans meant negotiating streets strewn with debris and patrolled by the United States Army. Most of the city was without power. Emptied and ruined houses, businesses, schools, and churches stretched for miles through once thriving neighborhoods.
Almost immediately, however, die-hard New Orleanians began a homeward journey. A travelogue through this surreal landscape,A Season of Night: New Orleans Life after Katrinaoffers a deeply intimate, firsthand account of that homecoming. After the floodwaters drained, author Ian McNulty returned to live on the second floor of his wrecked house without electricity or neighbors. For months his sanity was writing this book on a laptop by candlelight.
By turns haunting, inspiring, and darkly comic, this memoir offers a behind-the-headlines story of resilience and renewal. From bittersweet camaraderie in the wreckage to depression and violent rampages in the lawless night to the first flickers of cultural revival and the explosive joy of a post-Katrina Mardi Gras,A Season of Nightdelivers an unprecedented tale from the wounded but always enthralling Crescent City. Learn more about the book and its author athttp://www.seasonofnight.com/
Ian McNulty is a freelance writer and regular contributor toGambit WeeklyandNew Orleans Magazine. He is the author ofHungry? Thirsty? New Orleans, a guidebook to restaurants and bars.
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