Jimmy Martin was just twenty-two years old when Bill Monroe asked him to join the Blue Grass Boys. That invitation was the start of a career that spanned half a century and culminated with Martin's induction into the International Bluegrass Music Association's Hall of Honor. Always an enigmatic figure, Martin was as famous for his temper as he was for his talent.
A sharp, searching novel of an American son and the family he left behind 埦rom a writer of rare breadth and human insight.
My Cold War is a critically acclaimed debut novel of extraordinary depth and range : the story of a man's alienation and attempts at reconnection with his family, and a rich exploration of the thorny implications of American popular culture.
Every place has its history. But what is it about New Orleans that makes it more than just the sum of the events that have happened there? What is it about the spirit of the people who live there that could produce a music, a cuisine, an architecture, a total environment, the mere mention of which can bring a smile to the face of someone who has never even set foot there?
In November, 2005, Octavia Books, the first New Orleans bookstore to reopen after Katrina, hosted the event that launched Tom Piazza's WHY NEW ORLEANS MATTERS, the book that defined New Orleaneans' response to the Hurricane and the profound impact on our people and culture. Now, in CITY OF REFUGE, this brilliantly talented, award-winning writer reaches deeper and wider to offer a shattering, panoramic novel that traces the stories of two families -- one white and one black -- as lives are torn apart by the storm and then slowly stitched back together in its aftermath.
In August 2005, SJ Williams, a carpenter who has lived the Lower Ninth Ward all his life, is headed for a confrontation with his young nephew, Wesley, who has just been arrested for beating up his girlfriend. SJ's older sister Lucy, Wesley's mother, is a soulful mess beloved by everyone, but she has been unable to corral her son, and SJ fears he is about to be lost for good. Meanwhile, across town, Craig Donaldson, a Midwestern transplant and the editor of the city's (fictitious) Gumbo weekly newspaper, is facing deepening cracks in his own family. Craig's love for New Orleans music and culture brought them to the city, but his wife Alice's alarm at the city's crime, poverty, and bad schools has become an ever-widening wedge between her and Craig, and their two young children Annie and Malcolm.
When the storm breaks, and the levee with it, SJ's home is flooded and his family scattered