City of Refuge

I am glad to be a part of this book blog tour. One of the best things about participating in book tours is that I get to discover and try new authors like Tom Piazza.

SJ Williams works with his hands as a carpenter. He was born and raised in New Orleans. He also cares for his sister, Lucy and her son, Wesley. They are a close knit family. Everyone who knows SJ can pretty much call him a friend. Friends are important, especially when you live in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans.

Craig Donaldson, on the other hand couldn’t be any different from SJ. He moved to New Orleans with his family. He works as the editor of the city’s newspaper. He and his family have issues. At any moment it could all come crashing down. His wife hates New Orleans and wants to move back. When disaster strikes in the form of Hurricane Katrina, both families will fight for their lives.

I have to admit that the book summary was more interesting than the actual book was. While I did at first find SJ Williams a likable guy, he was the only one I really found some interest in. The rest of the characters couldn’t capture what Mr. Piazza was trying to share with his story regarding two families who have just faced disaster to survive. This is a book that should have been good based on actual events but unfortunately it fell short and was somewhat unmemorable.


lisamm said…
It's too bad you didn't enjoy the book more but I do thank you for the time and effort you put into reading and reviewing City of Refuge.
Wendy said…
I just read this book...and I loved it...I thought Piazza did an exceptional job of capturing the essence of New Orleans and the struggle for a community to overcome the disaster. But we can't all agree!!!

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