The Floating World by C. Morgan Babst

The Floating World

A dazzling debut about family, home, and grief, The Floating World takes readers into the heart of Hurricane Katrina with the story of the Boisdorés, whose roots stretch back nearly to the foundation of New Orleans. Though the storm is fast approaching the Louisiana coast, Cora, the family’s fragile elder daughter, refuses to leave the city, forcing her parents, Joe Boisdo...

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The Floating World Reviews

  • Diane S ☔
    Before, during and after Hurricane Katrina. A family torn apart by the refusal of one daughter to leave with the mandatory evacuation order. Changes and survival. Unfortunately I found the writing style not to my liking, just kind of disjointed and strange. Never really connected to any of the chara...
  • Devin Murphy
    This book blew me away. I loved the language and story. The fact that it is about to come out just after Houston is flooding is wild. What a great read you should jump on right NOW....
  • Becky
    I got my hands on an ARC of this book through a friend in the industry who thought I'd like it, and she was not wrong. This book was beautifully written. While the plot centered around death, destruction, and deteriorating familial relationships, the language coursed in a very poetic, lyrical way, a...
  • Kate Olson
    As dark and disturbing as Katrina herself, THE FLOATING WORLD takes readers into the most damaged neighborhoods of New Orleans, both during and after the epic storm, in this story of family, race and a city in crisis. Thanks to Algonquin Books for the review copy of this title. This book is not an...
  • Kim
    A great premise (what happened to those stranded in New Orleans during and after Katrina) get bogged down in a very confusing writing style. There were so many flashbacks involving the same characters between time period only weeks apart it was impossible to keep track what was occurring now and wha...
  • Allison
    This is story of a New Orleans family that focuses on how Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath impact them. It leapfrogs between characters with little warning and no transition, as well as jumping around in time - particularly in the case of the aging patriarch with Alzheimer's. The tiny mystery abo...
  • Ida
    2.5 stars... like New Orleans after Katrina, this book is bloated and depressing as hell... it’s a mystery of sorts but the way the author goes about telling the story is so ass-backwards... I came really close to putting it down, but I am glad I finished it... a tough read all around......
  • Marlena
    Earlier this month I was listening to an interview with Margaret Atwood on the blog Call Your Girlfriend. The interviewer was asking Atwood what she thought about in terms of how eerily prescient The Handmaiden's Tale remains decades after it was written and now made into a television series - and w...
  • Karin
    There's a good story buried in here somewhere, but the plotting the author used didn't make it easy to empathize with the characters. And too many storylines thrown into one book. Pass on this one....

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