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The Floating World (Digital Audiobook)

A Novel

By C. Morgan Babst, Christa Lewis (Narrator)

Publication Date: October 16, 2017

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (10/2/2018)
Hardcover (10/17/2017)
Library Binding, Large Print (3/7/2018)

Description

A dazzling debut about family, home, and grief, The Floating World takes listeners 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 Boisdoré, an artist descended from a freed slave who became one of the city's preeminent furniture makers, and his white “Uptown” wife, Dr. Tess Eshleman, to evacuate without her, setting off a chain of events that leaves their marriage in shambles and Cora catatonic—the victim or perpetrator of some violence mysterious even to herself.



This mystery is at the center of C. Morgan Babst's haunting, lyrical novel. Cora's sister, Del, returns to New Orleans from the life she has tried to build in New York City to find her hometown in ruins and her family deeply alienated from one another. As Del attempts to figure out what happened to her sister, she must also reckon with the racial history of the city, and the trauma of destruction that was not, in fact, some random act of God, but an avoidable tragedy visited upon New Orleans's most helpless and forgotten citizens.


About the Author

The narrator over sixty audiobooks, Christa Lewis has been featured in AudioFile magazine and earned multiple Earphones Awards for recordings that have become Audible bestsellers in YA and literary fiction. Christa is a classically trained actress and graduate of Boston University's actor training program. She got her start as the voice of international television station DW-TV, and has been a regular on hundreds of cartoons, museum guides, documentaries, and commercials. An experienced teacher and director, Christa teaches commercial voice-over and audiobook narration at the V. O. Dojo, at Wacky Titles, and for the GVAA. She was a panelist at the 2016 Audio Publishers Association Conference.