Forest Avenue Press, Paperback, 9780988265776, 300pp.
Publication Date: August 11, 2015
Two mothers and their teenage daughters, whose lives collide in a fatal car crash, take turns narrating Ellen Urbani's breathtaking novel, "Landfall, " set in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Eighteen-year-olds Rose and Rosebud have never met but they share a birth year, a name, and a bloody pair of sneakers. Rose's quest to atone for the accident that kills Rosebud, a young woman so much like herself but for the color of her skin, unfolds alongside Rosebud's battle to survive the devastating flooding in the Lower Ninth Ward and to find help for her unstable mother. These unforgettable characters give voice to the dead of the storm and, in a stunning twist, demonstrate how what we think we know can make us blind to what matters most.
About the Author
Ellen Urbani is the author of the memoir "When I Was Elena", a Book Sense Notable selection documenting her life in Guatemala during the final years of that country s civil war. Her writing has appeared in the "New York Times", including the much-read Modern Love column, and numerous anthologies. She earned a BA degree in writing and design at the University of Alabama in 1991, served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Guatemala from 1991 to 1993, then returned to the United States where she earned an MA degree in art therapy from Marylhurst University, specializing in oncological illness and trauma survival. She has served as a federal disaster and trauma specialist and has lectured widely on the topic. She has also taught writing in Portland, Oregon.