August 2017 Feature

book cover for the lower quarter by Elise Blackwell

The Lower Quarter

by Elise Blackwell
Unbridled Books, 2015

Our featured novel for August is a gripping noir told in four voices, set in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. From the back:

In hurricane-ravaged New Orleans, the discovery of a body in a hotel room roils an underground world of trafficking, domination, art theft and hidden power. It also opens a painful past that Johanna Kosar would rather keep secret.

Over the course of the novel, the narrators enter and exit each other's lives, ebbing and flowing, their stories becoming more and more enmeshed. More than just an engrossing story, The Lower Quarter paints a vivid backdrop of a crucial moment in a wholly unique place. Don't miss it!

Read our interview with Elise, and read her flash fiction piece "Necrotic"!

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To purchase The Lower Quarter and other great books from this season, visit the Bookstore!