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The Tin Roof Blowdown by James Lee Burke
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This was a hard book to read. It was beautiful, of course. Everything James Lee Burke writes has this lush, gorgeous lyricism. His settings are a character unto themselves, and Tin Roof Blowdown is no exception to that.

But in this instance, the Louisiana he brings to life is one devastated by Katrina-- and that depiction is haunting, visceral, and so painful to read that sometimes I had to put the book down to get myself in hand... because tears weren't enough. The emotions this book roused in me were like flood waters rising, and there was no feeling big enough to express it. This book is not only entertaining and lyrical, but it's also a vital snapshot of a terrible time in American history. People need to read this. Just be prepared for that fact that it will break you a little bit before you're done.

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