Wonderful, angry and empassioned novel about the impact of Hurricane Katrina on 2 families in New Orleans. Race, opportunity, and the extraordinary failure of government all play part in this sweeping story, following evacuees and escapees to Illinois and Houston. It had a bit of a slow start, but by page 100 it was impossible to put down, and by page 400 had tears rolling down my face. It was funny, it was almost like Titanic- you almost wonder if it's worth seeing/reading because, well, you know how it ended- but Piazza wrote a wonderful novel along with a wonderful indictment of the failures. The characters were well developed, and not entirely sympathetic, which made them so much more real. Wonderful.