1 October 2013.
This is a gripping story about one of the worst (and yet little remembered) natural disasters the US has ever known, particularly apposite after Katrina. It is beautifully written (one of the co-authors is a poet and it shows). Very highly recommended.
Beth Ann Fennelly was born on May 21, 1971, in New Jersey but grew up in Lake Forest, Illinois. She obtained her B.A. magna cum laude in 1993 from the University of Notre Dame. After graduation, Fennelly taught English in a coal mining village on the Czech/Polish border. When she returned to the States, she earned the M.F.A. degree in poetry from the University of Arkansas. She then received the 1999 Diane Middlebrook Fellowship from the University of Wisconsin. She was also the recipient of an Illinois Arts Council Grant. She became an Assistant Professor of English and taught poetry at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois. Her chapbook A Different Kind of Hunger, published by the Texas Review Press, won the 1997 Texas Review Breakthrough Award. Her poems have been anthologized in Poets of the New Century, The Penguin Book of the Sonnet, The Best American Poetry 1996, and The Pushcart Prize 2001 and others. Fennelly's book of poems, Open House, has won numerous awards, including the 2001 Kenyon Review Prize in Poetry for a First Book. Her next book, Tender Hooks, was published in 2004 by W. W. Norton & Company. Her husband is Tom Franklin, also a fiction writer, and together they have a daughter Claire. Currently, Beth Ann Fennelly resides in Oxford, Mississippi, where she is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Mississippi