New Orleans’ Fiction


neworleansThe Floating World: a novel / C. Morgan Babst

When a fragile young woman refuses to leave New Orleans as Hurricane Katrina approaches, her parents are forced to go without her, setting off a chain of events that leaves their marriage in shambles and their daughter catatonic, the victim or perpetrator of some unknown violent act.

November Road: a novel / Lou Berney

Frank Guidry, a street lieutenant for a New Orleans mob boss, flees when his knowledge about JFK’s assassination makes him a target, a situation that is dangerously complicated by his relationship with a fugitive housewife.

The Tin Roof Blowdown: a Dave Robicheaux novel / James Lee Burke
Follows the adventures of detective Dave Robicheaux, who struggles with alcoholism and rage while fighting to protect lives in Katrina-devastated New Orleans.

A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain / stories by Robert Olen Butler

A collection of stories about the residents of Saigon as they face love, loss, and despair.

The Axeman: a novel / Ray Celestin

In a town jammed with voodoo and gangsters, a sense of intoxicating mystery often beckons from the back alleys. But when a real serial killer roams the sultry nights, even the corrupt cops can’t see the clues. That is, until a letter from the Axeman himself is published in the newspaper, proclaiming that any home playing jazz music will be spared in his next attack. 

The Awakening / Kate Chopin

Edna Pontellier, a Victorian-era wife and mother, is awakened to the full force of her desire for love and freedom when she becomes enamored with Robert LeBrun, a young man she meets while on vacation.

The Complete Sookie Stackhouse Stories / Charlaine Harris

The complete short story collection starring Louisiana’s favorite telepathic waitress, Sookie Stackhouse—by bestselling author Charlaine Harris. From investigating the murder of a local fairy to learning that her cousin was a vampire, from remodeling her best friend’s house to attending a wedding with her shapeshifting boss, Sam, Sookie navigates the perils and pitfalls of the paranormal world.

Let the Devil Out / Bill Loehfelm
It’s been a brutal year for the rookie New Orleans cop Maureen Coughlin. Her first arrests, her first black eye, and, after a stinging brush with the corrupt heart of her adopted city, her first suspension. As she waits out the suspension, hoping to save her badge, Maureen finds increasingly dark and dangerous ways to pass the time. Justice, she tells herself, is being served. No need for the NOPD to know what she’s doing. Maureen believes getting back to the job she loves is worth any sacrifice, any risk, that it’s the only thing she really wants. But wearing the badge again means stepping back into the crosshairs of ruthless people who want her out of the way and don’t care who else gets caught in the crossfire.

Coming Through Slaughter / Michael Ondaatje

Buddy Bolden, a New Orleans barber, cornet player, and full-time editor of a gossip sheet, disappears for two years, and when he returns, he goes berserk and spends his final years in the East Louisiana State Hospital.

Interview with the Vampire / by Anne Rice

Confessions from a vampire of his first two hundred years as one of the living dead.

A Kind of Freedom: a novel / Margaret Wilkerson Sexton
Evelyn is a Creole woman who comes of age in New Orleans at the height of World War II. Her family inhabits the upper echelon of Black society, and when she falls for no-account Renard, she is forced to choose between her life of privilege and the man she loves. In 1982, Evelyn’s daughter, Jackie, is a frazzled single mother grappling with her absent husband’s drug addiction. Just as she comes to terms with his abandoning the family, he returns, ready to resume their old life. Jackie’s son, T.C., loves the creative process of growing marijuana more than the weed itself. Fresh out of a four-month stint for drug charges, T.C. decides to start over―until an old friend convinces him to stake his new beginning on one last deal.

A Confederacy of Dunces / John Kennedy Toole

Ignatius J. Reilly of New Orleans, –selfish, domineering, deluded, tragic and larger than life– is a noble crusader against a world of dunces. He is a modern-day Quixote beset by giants of the modern age. In magnificent revolt against the twentieth century, Ignatius propels his monstrous bulk among the flesh posts of the fallen city, documenting life on his Big Chief tablets as he goes, until his maroon-haired mother decrees that Ignatius must work.

A Streetcar Named Desire / by Tennessee Williams

The drama follows troubled former schoolteacher Blanche DuBois as she leaves small-town Mississippi and moves in with her sister, Stella Kowalski and her husband, Stanley, in New Orleans. Blanche’s flirtatious Southern-belle presence causes problems for Stella and Stanley, who already have a volatile relationship, leading to even greater conflict in the Kowalski household.

The City of Lost Fortunes / Bryan Camp

The fate of New Orleans rests in the hands of a wayward grifter in this novel of gods, games, and monsters. Magician Jude Dubuisson has been lying low, but his six-year retirement ends abruptly when the Fortune god is murdered and Jude is drawn back into the world he tried so desperately to leave behind. It is a world full of magic, monsters, and miracles. A world where he must find out who is responsible for the Fortune god’s death, uncover the plot that threatens the city’s soul, and discover what his talent for lost things has always been trying to show him: what it means to be his father’s son.

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