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  • Genre:DRAMA
  • SubGenre:American / General
  • Language:English
  • Pages:50
  • eBook ISBN:9781098331078

Voices of Katrina

A Collection of Short Stories

by Kimball Mayes

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Six short stories tell about six different individuals as they deal in their own ways with the devastating after effects of hurricane Katrina in 2005.
These short stories are a mixture of fact and fiction in the aftermath of hurricane Katrina. Touching all aspects of the social economic spectrum, hurricane Katrina left no one untouched: an out-of-work Mexican laborer, an uptown socialite, a Chalmette grandmother, a lower 9th ward young black woman, and a retarded white man all face the devastating after-effects in their own way. There was very little light during this time of the flood-ravaged city of New Orleans, and the wind and wave ravaged Mississippi Gulf Coast ~ all was seen in one color: brown. Moving from parish to parish (county to county) it was like going from a color TV picture in Jefferson to a brown TV picture in Orleans ~ such was the scene of distruction.
About the author

 The author lived in New Orleans before and after hurricane Katrina, and was witness to the distruction after the fact. She saw a bright blue sleeping bag leaning against the highway divider on I-55 North at the 10 mile marker, and noticed the outline of a human face as the wind from passing cars pressed against the sleeping bag. She read a newspaper article about a footlocker found with a dead body inside. Neighbors told her of two different people abandoned in Metairie by relatives: an elderly woman and a retarded man who struggled to stay alive after the hurricane without food and water until each was found by National Guard soldiers. She also witnessed the aftermath of the Gulf Coast devastation. These stories were a way of dealing with the horrors she witnessed all over the city.

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