The Floating World by C. Morgan Babst

The Floating World

A dazzling debut about family, home, and grief, The Floating World takes readers into the heart of Hurricane Katrina with the story of the Boisdorés, whose roots stretch back nearly to the foundation of New Orleans. Though the storm is fast approaching the Louisiana coast, Cora, the family’s fragile elder daughter, refuses to leave the city, forcing her parents, Joe Boisdoré, an artist descended from a freed slave who became one of the city...

Details The Floating World

TitleThe Floating World
Release DateOct 17th, 2017
PublisherAlgonquin Books
GenreFiction, Historical, Historical Fiction, Contemporary

Reviews The Floating World

  • Diane S ☔
    Before, during and after Hurricane Katrina. A family torn apart by the refusal of one daughter to leave with the mandatory evacuation order. Changes and survival. Unfortunately I found the writing style not to my liking, just kind of disjointed and strange. Never really connected to any of the characters nor the storyline, so abandoning after fifty percent. Kept reading, was interested in the subject matter and kept hoping it would draw me in. Ac...
  • Kate Olson
    As dark and disturbing as Katrina herself, THE FLOATING WORLD takes readers into the most damaged neighborhoods of New Orleans, both during and after the epic storm, in this story of family, race and a city in crisis. Thanks to Algonquin Books for the review copy of this title. This book is not an easy read. It's not a page turner or a nail biter. It's not a story of a strong New Orleans rising after a devastating storm and it's not a story of a...
  • Devin Murphy
    This book blew me away. I loved the language and story. The fact that it is about to come out just after Houston is flooding is wild. What a great read you should jump on right NOW.
  • Becky
    I got my hands on an ARC of this book through a friend in the industry who thought I'd like it, and she was not wrong. This book was beautifully written. While the plot centered around death, destruction, and deteriorating familial relationships, the language coursed in a very poetic, lyrical way, and the global structure ebbed and flowed between the past and the present... which just seems fitting for a story about the effects of Hurricane Katri...
  • Tonstant Weader
    The Floating World by C. Morgan Babst examines the aftermath of Katrina through the life of a family shattered by the event. While reading it, I thought of Kai T. Erikson’s famed “Everything In Its Path” about the Buffalo Creek Flood that destroyed a small community in West Virginia and his research identifying the collective trauma as post-traumatic stress disorder. In a large part, this book is about that collective trauma and its effect ...
  • Rebekah Frank
    I really liked this book. There were a few areas where I found the writing slightly confusing; I had to reread pages here and there to make sure I was following appropriately but overall I thought it was great. It was given to me by a friend in the industry (she thought I would like it since I had just returned from an 8 month stay in New Orleans) and she was right. It captured a very specific time in New Orleans history, one in which all the rac...
  • Kathleen Gray
    This isn't always the easiest book- it touches on racial issues, dysfunctional families, and the destruction wrecked by Hurricane Katrina in so many more ways than physical. Ironically, I read this in the wake of the terrible Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, making this even more of a cautionary tale than it might have been a few months ago. Babst has a writing style that forces you to read every word. The Boisdore family is not representative...
  • Dale Cousins
    It is odd to be reading this novel centered on the storm and aftermath of Katrina as Hurricane Harvey belts Houston. I put this book down and picked it back up 3 times before it "took." The Boisdore family, (Tess, Joe , their two adult daughters, Cora and Del, and Joe's father Vincent) all struggle in the wake of the destruction of the place they've called home for decades, NOLA. The pacing of the book and the characters recalled for me those of ...
  • Jennie
    Not my cup of tea - Words in the summary like dazzling and mystery really got my hopes up. Unfortunately this was a good book - but that is all. I had hoped for a personalized story of a family dealing with Katrina - before, during and after. What I got was a family drama of people torn apart but no real depth as to the whys or causes of the issues. The book summary was written with a style I had hoped to see in the book - I was mistaken.
  • Tfalcone
    Thank You Net Galley for the free ARC. I chose this book because it dealt with the flooding after Hurricane Katrina. The focus is more on one family than all of New Orleans. The evacuations force Joe and Tess to leave the city, their grown daughter stays behind. When they come back, their daughter is basically a recluse, something happened to her mind during the storm. Joe and Tess split up because of all the the turmoil from the hurricane. In th...
  • Jane Meneely
    This was an ARC from GoodReads. Great book, great storytelling. Without having experienced Katrina first-hand, this book made me feel as though I was there. The focus on a single family that was torn apart by the flood and its aftermath. A twinge of mental illness, some racial undertones, family drama, a bit of a mystery, well crafted language - all made for a great read.
  • Megan
    Full review coming soon!
  • Deborah Morgan
    Set in New Orleans just after Hurricane Katrina and Rita. Third person POV but told from multiple perspectives in one family.
  • Valerie Bradley
    This was a good book and really hit home with all of the hurricanes we have been having. Thanks!