Love and Hurricanes
by Rosary Hartel O'Neill
Size: 6 x 9 / 268 pages
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Paperback / $16.00
About the book:
Love and Hurricanes is the saga of the Dubonnet family, featuring some of the most memorable characters in Louisiana literature; women and children grown fierce from fighting hurricanes inside and outside the family: beautiful, rebellious Kitten; her manchild, Bunky; her mother, the brutal matriarch, Irene; men like Rooster and Quint: proud, tortured and humorous in all their exotic wonderment. Kitten has to weigh her discontent with her destructive husband against the attraction she feels for her professor and her fear for her son's mental collapse. She and her son must reconcile with the meaning of family and tradition in the face of a train riding into a tornado and an estate confronted by rising water. Their lives, fragmented and harrowed by hurricanes and legacy, mesh to expose New Orleanians at their finest, searching for meaning in the face of uncontrollable violence.
"With dialogue reminiscent of Reynolds Price, Love and Hurricanes is a complex, difficult story, but it always holds my interest!"
"Love and Hurricanes is a surrealist novel, like a painting on glass. We have only middle pieces of the broken glass picture. But what is here is good."
"Love and Hurricanes...is vibrant and transfixing. [I]t should be added to the repertory of seminal works showcasing men's and women's struggles with self-definition as they attempt to step beyond issues of sexual stereotype and fail miserably"
"Never a dull moment in this emotional roller-coaster of a novel, soaked in the richness of New Orleans and the adjacent Gulf Coast. The Powerful dramas of Hurricane Katrina elicit the best and worst of everyone, as O'Neill's lively characters search for what matters most."
"In Love and Hurricanes Rosary O'Neill delivers a tale steeped in the voluptuous mysteries of her Deep South origins. It is a cinematic story of family and tragedy, of beloved places forever lost, of of that eternal search we all bond in: the search for passion and for our true selves."