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Babylon Rolling (Vintage Contemporaries)by Amanda Boyden
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A glittering, gritty, and unflinching story of five families living along one block in New Orleans, a city on the verge of transformation, from the author of Pretty Little Dirty.
The summer of 2004: Orchid Street is changing. Newcomers arrive from the Midwest, a teenager returns from juvenile detention. Longtime residents peer out their windows, watching their strange new neighbors. But with one random accident, a scene of horror across front lawns, the whole neighborhood converges on the sidewalk. Told in five achingly real voices, Babylon Rolling is the story of a year on Orchid, where lives collide and the humid air is charged with constant wanting.
Ariel May and her husband, Ed, have just moved to New Orleans with their two small children. Their neighbor, Fearius, is a fifteen-year-old just out of juvenile detention. Across the street, an elderly couple, the Browns, are only trying to pass their days in peace, while Philomenia Beauregard de Bruges, a longtime resident and “Uptown lady,” peers through her curtains at the East Indian family next door.With one random accident, a scene of horror across front lawns, the whole neighborhood converges on the sidewalk and the residents of Orchid Street are thrown together, for better and for worse.
About the Author
Amanda Boyden was born in Minnesota and raised in Chicago and St. Louis. Formerly a circus trapeze artist and contortionist, she earned her MFA from the University of New Orleans, where she now teaches writing. Her first novel, Pretty Little Dirty was published in 2006.
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