Recovering Charles by Jason F. Wright
"Every life has a second verse" and Luke Millward's dad wanted him to see his as well as write a new one.
Hurricane Katrina brings changes to Luke's life he can't imagine. The images from the devastating hurricane alone make an impact on Luke. But to hear that his father is missing brings emotions he is not sure he can or wants to face. He loves his father because he is his father. But he doesn't respect him because he turns to alcohol and gambling to ease pain/guilt from his wife's death.
Luke goes to New Orleans to find his father and instead, is introduced to another verse of his father's life and the people who knew him.
Mr. Wright's writing brought the images of a tired but brave New Orleans to my mind. I was involved with the characters to the point of not being able to skip ahead to see if Luke's father was dead or alive. Each interaction with the characters brought life to the story.
I felt more compassion for the plight of New Orleans and its people after reading this story. But it wasn't shoved down my throat via political rhetoric.
I passed this book along to my SIL who I think will also enjoy it. I told her to pass it around.