Wading Home: A Novel of New Orleans [NOOK Book]

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When Hurricane Katrina hits New Orleans, chef and widower Simon Fortier knows how he plans to face the storm--riding it out inside his long-time home in the city's Treme neighborhood, just as he has through so many storms before. But when the levees break and the city is torn apart, Simon disappears. His son, Julian, a celebrated jazz trumpeter, rushes home to a New Orleans he left years before to search for his father. As Julian crisscrosses the city, fearing the worst, he reconnects with Sylvia, Simon’s ...
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Wading Home: A Novel of New Orleans

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Overview


When Hurricane Katrina hits New Orleans, chef and widower Simon Fortier knows how he plans to face the storm--riding it out inside his long-time home in the city's Treme neighborhood, just as he has through so many storms before. But when the levees break and the city is torn apart, Simon disappears. His son, Julian, a celebrated jazz trumpeter, rushes home to a New Orleans he left years before to search for his father. As Julian crisscrosses the city, fearing the worst, he reconnects with Sylvia, Simon’s companion of many years; Parmenter, his father's erstwhile business partner and one of the most successful restaurateurs in New Orleans; and Velmyra, the woman Julian left behind when he moved to New York. Julian’s search for Simon deepens as he finds himself drawn into the troubled history of Silver Creek, the extravagantly beautiful piece of land where his father grew up, and closer once again to Velmyra. As he tries to come to grips with his father's likely fate, Julian slowly gains a deeper, richer understanding of his father and the city he loved so much, while unraveling the mysteries of Silver Creek.
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"New Orleans natives struggle to recover their lives as well as their property after Hurricane Katrina.... Story’s musical background infuses her novel with a lyrical rhythm...as engaging characters rebuild their relationships and their city. The current oil-spill crisis only makes the hopefulness of this novel more moving, if heart-wrenching."
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Kirkus Reviews

In this affective second novelfrom Story(More Than You Know, 2004), a Dallas-based violinist with the Fort Worth Symphony, New Orleans natives struggle to recover their lives as well as their property after Hurricane Katrina.

Julian Fortier, 36, who left Louisiana years ago to pursue his career as a jazz trumpeter and has had worldwide success, returns to New Orleans to search for his missing father Simon, 76, a retired chef whose house in the Treme neighborhood was ravaged by the hurricane. One of the first people Julian visits is Matthew Parmenter, who owned the high-end restaurant where Simon was chef and who gladly offers to help Julian's search for him. Julian believes that Matthew, who is white, cheated Simon out of his rightful share of the wealth derived from a packaged version of Simon's recipe for red beans and rice. When Matthew dies shortly thereafter, leaving his Garden District mansion and his recipe earnings to Simon, along with an apology, Julian must re-evaluate his easy judgments. Julian is also reunited with love-of-his-life Vel, who broke off their engagement shortly before he moved to New York because she refused to leave New Orleans. Now Vel accompanies Julian to Silver Creek Hollow, the Fortier family homestead north of the city where Julian hopes to find his father. Instead he discovers that a disreputable developer is attempting to wrest away the family's ownership through tricky dealings. Julian has never felt a connection to the land Simon loved, but he begins to understand his father's attachment. With the help of a fledgling lawyer (the evil developer's estranged grandson), Julian and Vel fight for the land. Meanwhile Simon lies unrecognized in a hospital. Recovering consciousness, he makes his way back to Silver Creek. Story's musical background infuses her novel with a lyrical rhythm that smooths the creakier plot machinations as engaging characters rebuild their relationships and their city.

The current oil-spill crisis only makes the hopefulness of this novel more moving, if heart-wrenching.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781572846739
  • Publisher: Agate
  • Publication date: 10/1/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 24,658
  • File size: 420 KB

Meet the Author


Rosalyn Story is a violinist with the Fort Worth Symphony and the author of the novel More Than You Know (Agate Bolden, 2004) and And So I Sing, a nonfiction work about African American opera singers. She lives in Dallas.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2014

    Relaxing and Pleasant Read

    The images in Wading Home of a family surviving hurricane Katrina helped to personalize the suffering and tragedies of the hurricane. The family in the story also communicated their love of the city of New Orleans and it's history. The stereotypical images of that time in New Orleans do not show the city, the politicians, and, even, the people in a good light. Wading Home just shows good people going through an awful time.

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  • Posted May 3, 2014

    Great Story Telling

    Having roots in New Orleans and people who were effected by Katrina, I can say it was just as Story wrote it. There were enough twists in the plot to keep you reading and not be sure of the ending.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2014

    This is a really good read; well written and very interesting.

    I could see (based on descriptions) the various settings this story took place at. I was glad I read this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2014

    Very Well Written

    The author's descriptive language provides a clear pcture of the turmoil of families following hurricane Katrina.

    This is a true page turner dealing with issues of legacy, family and relationships.
    Highly recommended for the clarity and plot twists.

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    Lets go to the 1 result

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