Stormsby Maria Fernandez Snitzer
Although the news bulletin confirmed her decision to evacuate, Elise didn't want to hear another minute of forecasts, preparations, and predictions. Brad searched until he found a nice easy listening channel, and drove through the rain on surprisingly deserted roads. Apparently, the rest of the city heeded the warnings long before the Steiners. As the car ventured… See more details below
Although the news bulletin confirmed her decision to evacuate, Elise didn't want to hear another minute of forecasts, preparations, and predictions. Brad searched until he found a nice easy listening channel, and drove through the rain on surprisingly deserted roads. Apparently, the rest of the city heeded the warnings long before the Steiners. As the car ventured through the quiet stillness of the calm before the storm, the children slept, while their parents and grandparents sat in silence, looking out at the Louisiana wetlands bordering the interstate highway.
At one point, in their lonely journey, a caravan of paramedic units and ambulances passed them up, in the left lane. Elise felt her flesh creep as she watched these people go by, imagining how frightened they must be, dealing not only with the pain and uncertainty of an illness, but also, their sole reliance on total strangers to find a safe haven for them during the storm. Each of those patients was someone's mother or father, a grandparent, or a sibling, or, worse yet, someone's child. 'Thank you, God," she whispered, again, and turned around to look at each member of her family, as though she had to make sure everyone was still there with her.
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STORMS, despite its title, the fact that the author is a resident of Louisiana, and a book cover that suggests otherwise, is not about Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath: if the reader seeing the book on the bookstore shelf thinks this may be a memoir of that devastating disaster then put it aside. But what Maria Fernandez Snitzer has created IS a book about storms and yes, even hurricanes in Louisiana, but the 'storms' of the title are those that wreck havoc and change within families. Those storms serve as the fuel that drives this well-written novel.Bayou Chouteau is the fictional setting for the story of the Steiner family. Opening with a dream sequence that lays the groundwork for the story to follow, we slowly meet the characters of the Steiner family as they prepare for evacuation for an oncoming hurricane brewing in the Gulf of Mexico. The preparations are secondary however to the flood of memories this event evokes and Snitzer wisely and with powerfully gradual force introduces the historical characters that have brought the contemporary family to the threatened present. There are chapters of reflections from the 1940s and 1960s that serve to visualize the main players of the novel. And while Snitzer at times reverts to some old Southern tired clichés, she finds these repeated incidents as important fodder to understanding the family of the present. Snitzer prefaces this book with a phrase, isolated on a page, that gives a hint of the quality of fine writing within. 'In every human life, there is a storm, by which time is measure...A Storm through which the past is reexamined and the future unfolds.' And this is precisely what this first novel does - unraveling the history of a family by reflecting on the current and past storms. Snitzer gives promise of a fine writer in the making and for a first novel, this is an impressive one. Grady Harp