A recent article in The New Republic made the argument that novelists have done little in writing about Hurricane Katrina. Maybe in TNR circles, but not in those of NewSouth Books, the acclaimed independent publisher based in Montgomery, Alabama [and publisher of my novel, Corina's Way].
Have a look at this post linked below to a new entry on NewSouth's blog:
One thing not mentioned is that Tony Dunbar's novel, Tubby Meets Katrina, was the first post-Katrina novel published, and remains a good read and a vivid reminder of those days during and after the storm.
I don't think there's a statute of limitations on when fiction can illuminate an event, or an era, or an idea--or anything. But the illuminations of Katrina are definitely in progress.
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