The year before the flood a story of new orleans ned sublette on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers ned sublette traces an arc of his own experience from the white supremacy of segregated 1950s louisiana through the funky year of 2004 2005 by turns irreverent. New orleans is like no other city in the us i thought very highly of sublettes other books cuba and its music and the world that made new orleans so therefore looked forward to reading his next work the year before the flood. The year before the flood is his tribute to new orleans as it was part memoir part history lesson its a scrapbook of the bustling port city at its most joyful boisterous and deadly. The year before the flood is not a katrina book or a post katrina book although sublette concludes with an account of his visit to new orleans in february 2006 but a pre katrina book a view . With a grand unforgettable cast of musicians and barkeeps scholars and thugs vibrating with the sheer excitement of new orleans the year before the flood is an affirmation of the power of the citys culture and a heartbreaking tale of loss that definitively establishes ned sublette as a great american writer for the 21st century
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