I didn’t think I could do it. I didn’t think I could read yet another book about Hurricane Katrina. There’s only so much pain a tender heart can take, and dipping back and back into the well of nightmare memories is enough to make even the toughest-hided reporter into a mass of quivering jelly.
With the anniversary of The Storm coming up on Saturday, Aug. 29, I knew we would be inundated, once again, with Katrina memorabilia. I thought I could just look the other way. But Josh Neufeld proved me wrong. A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge
graphically depicts the forboding before the storm, the exodus, devastation and agony afterward. But somehow, Neufeld makes it new. New, as in graphic novel.
Yes, a graphic novel is a comic book, but no, it’s not at the same time. A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge
is a serious work of non-fiction, following the stories of seven characters as they find their way through the tumultuous times after the flooding of the Crescent City. First published as an online project at Smith
, the format allowed for audio and video interviews and a message board, allowing Neufeld to interact with readers as he was designing the book. Just out in print, it's a fascinating take on the flooding of New Orleans. The printed version, published by Pantheon
, went on sale last week, and can be found at local bookstores or online.