- Paperback: 300 pages
- Publisher: Rozlyn Press (February 14, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0983326010
- ISBN-13: 978-0983326014
- Genre: Historical Fiction
In the stifling days before the Galveston Hurricane of 1900, Isadora Khaled begins to dream about catfish and murdering her daughter, setting off a chain of events that will not be resolved until Hurricane Ike in 2008. The descendents of Isadora are defined by and eventually named after the hurricanes that shape their lives: Fatima, who enters into a doomed relationship with a visiting artist in 1961; her drug-numbed daughter Carla, desperate to get home in 1983; and Carla’s daughter Alicia, reunited with her heritage on a modern island embracing disaster culture in 2008. An epic tale, THE GALVESTON CHRONICLES holds a mirror to the transformation of an unforgettable island, looking at the Gulf Coast region through the eyes of these women in the days preceding and following Galveston’s major hurricanes.
While this is not a review, I would be remiss if I didn’t share the book club’s overall thoughts on this book. We read “The Galveston Chronicles”, not as a Book of the Month but because we were meeting the author. Each of the ladies of the book club thought the book was filled with great history and had a great storyline throughout the overall story of the many hurricanes Galveston, Texas has experienced. The author was in the middle of moving to NY from Houston, Tx, and still managed to come meet with out book club to discuss the background to the stories, her thought process to writing the book, and how her characters were developed. We all were amazed at the extent of her research and detail she took to writing this book. It is worth reading and offered great dialogue and discussion for our book club. It was quite strange and fascinating that we all left the book club as Houston was experiencing this torrential rainfall….quite spooky!
Many thanks to Audra for meeting with our book club and for offering her book as a giveaway for my blog. It is also signed by the author!!
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