Urbani, Ellen*: Landfall (2015)
* RPCV Guatemala (1991-1993)
Discussion: Tuesday, May 3, 2016, 6:30-8:00 pm. Location at the home of Ellen Urbani in West Linn. Participating in our discussion–in person–will be CRPCA’s Ellen Urbani, the book’s author! Contact bookclub AT crpca.org for directions to the venue. Feel free to bring snacks to share.
Synopsis: 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.