The Floating World is the story of the Boisdorés, a Creole family whose roots stretch back nearly to the foundation of New Orleans, as they attempt to reassemble their lives following Hurricane Katrina. As the storm approaches the city, the family’s unstable eldest daughter, Cora, refuses to leave. Preoccupied with the needs of Joe’s senile father, Cora’s parents, the sculptor Joe Boisdoré and his wife, Dr. Tess Eshleman, evacuate without her, setting off a chain of events that leaves their marriage in shambles and Cora catatonic—the victim or perpetrator of some violence mysterious even to herself. As the novel opens the Boisdorés return to a broken city—the evacuees from Houston, their younger daughter, Del, from her successful life in New York—and begin to pick up the pieces, each trying to discover how he or she arrived in this state of ruin and what might be salvaged from what remains.
C. Morgan Babst studied writing at NOCCA, Yale, and NYU. Her essays and short fiction have appeared in such journals as The Oxford American, Guernica, the Harvard Review, LitHub, the New Orleans Review, and her piece, 'Death Is a Way to Be,' was honored as a Notable Essay in Best American Essays 2016. She evacuated New Orleans one day before Hurricane Katrina made landfall. After eleven years in New York, she now lives in New Orleans with her husband and child.
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