Joanne O’Sullivan introduces fascinating people and places to readers through books, articles and blog posts. Her award-winning science, sustainabilty and travel books for kids include Migration Nation and 101 Places You Gotta See Before You're 12! Her debut novel Between Two Skies, which came out earlier this year was a Spring Okra Pick from the Southern Independent Booksellers Association and was named one of the best Southern books of the years so far by Southern Living.
11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
State Library, Second Floor Meeting Room
Storm of the Century: Love in the Time of Hurricanes
Noon to 12:45 p.m.
Barnes & Noble Bookselling Tent
Between Two Skies
Bayou Perdu, a tiny fishing town way, way down in Louisiana, is home to sixteen-year-old Evangeline Riley. She has her best friends, Kendra and Danielle; her wise, beloved Mamere; and back-to-back titles in the under-sixteen fishing rodeo. But, dearest to her heart, she has the peace that only comes when she takes her skiff out to where there is nothing but sky and air and water and wings. It’s a small life, but it is Evangeline’s. And then the storm comes, and everything changes. Amid the chaos and pain and destruction comes Tru — a fellow refugee, a budding bluesman, a balm for Evangeline’s aching heart. Told in a strong, steady voice, with a keen sense of place and a vivid cast of characters, here is a novel that asks compelling questions about class and politics, exile and belonging, and the pain of being cast out of your home. But above all, this remarkable debut tells a gently woven love story, difficult to put down, impossible to forget.
Hurricane Katrina sets a teenage girl adrift. But a new life — and the promise of love — emerges in this rich, highly readable debut.
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