I'm so pleased to announce that the next Book Club Girl on Air Show (after Jennifer Haigh discusses The Condition on August 18th) will feature award-winning author Tom Piazza talking about his compelling and timely novel, City of Refuge. In City of Refuge, Piazza shows readers two families--one black and one white--as they confront Hurricane Katrina, a storm that will change the course of their lives. The novel also explores this turning point in American history, one whose reverberations are only beginning to be understood.
SJ Williams, a carpenter and widower, lives and works in the Lower Ninth Ward community where he was born and raised. Across town, Craig Donaldson, a Midwestern transplant and the editor of the city's alternative paper, faces deepening cracks in his family. When the news of the gathering hurricane spreads—and when the levees give way and the floodwaters come—the fate of each family changes forever.
The Houston Chronicle said of City of Refuge: "We’ve seen the broad outlines of this story on TV. But through Piazza’s pen, we feel—maybe fully for the first time—the surprise and horror as floodwaters sweep through neighborhoods, inching toward attics."
You can browse inside City of Refuge, and read more about the story behind the novel in this essay. If you would like to participate in the show with Tom Piazza on September 10th at 7pm ET, please leave a comment to this post. The first ten people to comment will receive a free copy of the book to read in preparation for the show.