Nicole Cooley grew up in New Orleans and is the author of six books of poetry, most recently Girl after Girl after Girl and Of Marriage. Her other books include Breach, about Katrina and its aftermath. She is the director of the MFA Program at Queens College-City University of New York.
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Girl after Girl after Girl: Poems
TWO PEOPLE WITH LOSSES
Eli and Max both have good reasons to go to the lighthouse on Shackles Island. For Max, it's an old vacation spot, the rare location where she has only good memories -- so it's the right place to scatter her dad's ashes. For Eli, it's the highest point near his Louisiana home, with the clearest view of the rocks where his sister died -- so it's the right place to end his own life as well.
A STORM WITHOUT LIMITS
But neither of them expected the other, nor the storm. Because Hurricane Celeste is roaring toward Shackles Island, and its power will break bridges, slash electric lines, and stir up deadly wildlife -- some of it human. When the ruthless Odenkirk family steals Max's Jeep with her most precious possession inside, she and Eli begin a desperate quest to get it back and get off the island ... until they realize they must go into the hurricane.
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