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by Bruce Henricksen

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  • ISBN 0979853508
  • ISBN13 978-0979853500
  • Language English
  • Author Bruce Henricksen
  • Publisher Lost Hills Books; 1st edition (November 20, 2007)
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  • Category Fiction
  • Subcategory Humor and Satire
  • Size ePub 1549 kb
  • Size Fb2 1159 kb
  • Rating: 4.6
  • Votes: 588

After the Floods is a kaleidoscopic tale of a changing America. From New Orleans--the flooded Big Easy--all the way up the Mississippi to the fictional town of Cold Beak, things are at once sadly and hilariously out of whack. Through it all, this novel speaks of our ability to survive, to rebuild, and to love and laugh along the way.

After the Floods book. After the Floods is a kaleidoscopic tale of a changing America.

After the Floods book. From New Orleans-the flooded Big Easy-all the way up the Mississippi to the fictional town of Cold Beak, things are at once sadly and hilariously out of whack. Through it all, this novel speaks of our ability to survive, to rebuild, and to love and laugh along the way. Free shipping from Lost Hills Bks.

After the Floods is a kaleidoscopic tale of a changing America. It's magical realism, southern style and northern style, and through it all the novel speaks of our ability to survive, rebuild, and to love and laugh along the way.

Bruce Henricksen is a LibraryThing Author, an author who lists their personal library on LibraryThing. profile page author page.

In 2008 his novel, After the Floods (Lost Hills Books) appeared. As of 2008, Bruce Henricksen lives in Duluth Minnesota. During that year, he spoke on James Wright in libraries in the Twin Cities and throughout Minnesota.

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Author of Reorientations, Ticket to a Lonely Town, After the Floods, Nomadic voices, Murray Krieger and contemporary critical theory. Are you sure you want to remove Bruce Henricksen from your list?

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Published by Lost Hills Books (2007). ISBN 10: 0979853508 ISBN 13: 9780979853500.

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Vathennece
The catastrophe known around the world simply as "Katrina" has inspired a number of novels since it destroyed New Orleans and much of the Gulf Coast in August 2005. And novelists, because of their wonderful ability to create believable characters and subplots, probably have done as much to explain what it was really like in New Orleans after the storm as the rest of the media combined.

Now Bruce Henricksen's debut novel, "After the Floods," offers a much different, but no less perceptive, slant on what it is like to survive one of those life-changing events that none of us really expect to witness for ourselves. Henricksen's story, set on both ends of the Mississippi River (New Orleans and the fictional Cold Beak, Minnesota), is a magical one that includes talking dogs, talking crows, a little boy wise way beyond his years, a magical distortion of time itself, and a whole cast of eccentric characters doing quite well for themselves, thank you.

"After the Floods" begins in New Orleans some months after Katrina and immediately introduces the reader to two of its main characters, Ruby and George Corvus, a pair of crows that, like other of God's creatures, have suddenly been gifted with the power of speech. Things are not going very well in New Orleans, but Ruby and George are making the best of things as they observe the comings and goings below them.

Meanwhile, in Cold Beak, Minnesota, where a flood of its own did its best to destroy the little town, folks like Birdella May Borguson are getting on with their own lives. Birdie, a very large woman, decides that its time to lose weight and she convinces the owners of Cold Beak's fancy new supper club to let her perform as a stripper in the room adjacent to the dining area figuring that the exercise will burn lots of calories. Fully-functioning businesses appear on previously vacant lots almost overnight much to the fascination and delight of Cold Beak citizens. Birds by the thousand, some seldom if ever seen before in Cold Beak, descend on the town. And some from New Orleans find their way to Cold Beak, including my two favorite characters, Ruby and George.

"After the Floods" is magical realism at its best, telling its story through other eyes, through the eyes of those who live a different reality than the one we ourselves live. In our world, animals don't talk and buildings don't sprout from vacant lots. In Cold Beak, they do, and they are accepted as elements of the reality of life there.

Bruce Henricksen offers the reader a charming little world that offers hope to us all, hope that it is possible to recover from even the worst of disasters, that life goes on in new ways and in new combinations that might be as good, or even better, than what has been lost. This is not escapist fantasy; it is a serious novel cloaked in the very magic of life itself, a book with a positive message that will have you smiling much of the way.
Akir
What a treasure is this book !
I received this novel as part of the early review program at LibraryThing.com. My first impression was how beautiful the cover of the book was. I was then struck by the inscription. Mr. Henricksen took the time to check out where his book was going and then to sign my copy. What a nice surprise.
I started reading the book the same evening I received it.....I finished the novel about 24 hrs later. I was immediately drawn into the story. Mr Henrickesn has a wonderful way with the written world, the prose was, in places, beyond beautiful.
I've read the other reviews and the story line has been explained. For me, this is a hard story to pin down. Sometimes I felt like I was reading a beautiful fairy tale, sometimes the story was so profound as to leave me a bit breathless but always the author kept me involved with his characters.
As I read, it was always very evident that this story was in the hands of someone possessing a good sense of humor, a sense of wonder as to the world around us and a good dose of respect for the natural world. The combination led to hours of reading pleasure......I did not want to come to the end of this novel.
A beautiful book . I will recommend this to ALL three of my reading groups. This book almost begs for sharing and discussion.

I will be waiting for more from Bruce Henricksen. I realize this is a small press and the author was responsible for the publication of this novel......Thank Goodness, I say, that it is still possible to do this. I would not want to have missed his effort. To Mr. Henricksen I say, keep up the effort. Anyone reading After The Floods can not help but be touched by the story, the style and the message.
Thank you Bruce Henricksen !
Blacknight
After the Floods can be read on at least a couple levels. On one level, it's an engaging story about some folks living their lives after floods in their hometowns, in New Orleans and in the fictional small town of Cold Beak, Minnesota. It is told from several points of view, including an omniscient narrator who can hear crows and dogs talk; an ex-Mayor and town historian of Cold Beak; and one of the main characters, Billy Boichild, whose narration is in the form of emails to God and Sister Ann, a religious radio personality. The first time I read it, I was aware that the narrations wove in and out of each other, that scenes in one narration were also mentioned in scenes from another narration. In the ex-mayor's narrative, a crow drops a rose on a grave. In the omniscient storyteller's narrative, we see the crow dropping the rose and we understand why she does this. It was fun to notice the times the scenes converged among the narratives.

I also noticed that there was another intriguing level to the novel. The theme of religion, or belief, is laced throughout the stories. Billy Boichild brings with him some peculiar beliefs to Cold Beak from New Orleans that he keeps to himself (except in his emails to God and Sister Ann), there is a nefarious cult outside of Cold Beak that plays a role in the novel, and another main character is atheist.

The novel itself is classified as magical realism. Time goes nuts in Cold Beak, birds from all parts of the world show up in Minnesota, and the crows and dogs can talk, but their voices are only heard in the narration of the omniscient storyteller. It's made clear that the animals' abilities to speak only appeared after the flood in New Orleans, and that it was only a temporary ability.

I have never lived through a flood or other major disaster, nor have I had the kinds of losses that characters in this novel have endured. I imagine that one of the ways people get through profound losses is by using magical thinking, whether consciously or not. After the Floods illustrates this magical thinking in an enchanting story. It's a story to be read several times to uncover the layers.