In the City of Falling Stars

In the City of Falling Stars

by Chris Tusa


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Fiction. Dead birds are falling out of the sky and Maurice Delahoussaye suspects the air in New Orleans may be unsafe. The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries claims the birds were poisoned, while meteorologists suggest they were killed by a sudden change in temperature. There's even talk of terrorism, Bird Flu, West Nile Virus, or high levels of mold spores left over from the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Gradually, Maurice becomes increasingly fearful that the government is hiding an ominous secret, and when he begins having strange religious premonitions suggesting that his wife is pregnant with Jesus Christ, he becomes convinced that the dead birds are a sign from God. IN THE CITY OF FALLING STARS is a tragicomedy that examines the increasing paranoia following the September 11th attacks, as well as a commentary on the devastating psychological scars that the storm left on the city of New Orleans.

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ISBN-13: 9781604891805
Publisher: Livingston Press
Publication date: 09/28/2016
Pages: 245
Sales rank: 1,202,325
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Chris Tusa was born and raised in New Orleans. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Florida. His debut novel, Dirty Little Angels, was published in March of 2009. His debut collection of poems, Haunted Bones, was published in 2006. His second novel, IN THE CITY OF FALLING STARS, was awarded First Runner-Up for the Faulkner Wisdom Novel–in–Progress Award. Tusa divides his time between teaching full–time in the English Department at LSU and acting as Writer–in–Residence at Southeastern Louisiana University.

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SheilaDeeth More than 1 year ago
Starkly told, darkly humorous, and disturbingly plausible, Chris Tusa’s In the City of Falling Stars is set in New Orleans during the Katrina cleanup. It depicts a family as storm-tossed as the city, with failing leadership from the father, helpless betrayal from the mother, and hopeless rebellion and dependence from the kids—a promiscuous college student and a depressed youth who regularly visits the counselor in school. The author’s slightly detached style, describing rather than evoking each character’s personal thoughts, gives the reader just the right level of separation from unfolding disaster. Pitch-perfect dialog offers some vividly real and powerful humorous lines. And the internal map of a man losing connection with reality is sometimes so real the reader might question any kind of sanity. Oddball, surprising, haunting, scary, happy and sad—this novel runs the gamut of emotions, contrives to slip past violence with scarcely a backward glance, and creates characters and place so real they feel like we must have seen them on the news. It’s a fast-moving roller-coaster ride; it’s intriguing; it’s disturbingly fun, with a dark human touch reminiscent of Peter Joseph Swanson. A really odd, good read. Disclosure: I was given an ecopy and I offer my honest review.