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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (70 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elise Blackwell Narrator: Scott Sowers Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2016 ISBN: 9781440709432
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Set in southern Louisiana in the weeks preceding the great flood of 1927, this novel depicts a place and way of life about to be forever changed. On the verge of manhood and a stone’s throw of the rising Mississippi River, Louis Proby is pulled between his love of the natural world and the glittering temptations of New Orleans, between the beautiful Nanette Lançon and a father who no longer seems larger-than-life, between the simplicity of childhood and the complicated decisions of adulthood.

Louis comes of age at a time when the country is coming of age. In Louisiana, it’s a time when the powerful prove themselves willing to sacrifice the poor to protect their position. As the people of Cypress Parish go about their daily lives, bankers in New Orleans are plotting to alter those lives irrevocably. Like so many calamities, the one that befalls Cypress Parish has both natural and human causes.

Based on historical events and narrated on the eve of another disaster, The Unnatural History of Cypress Parish tells the story of a young man growing up in a time and place not quite like any other. And in doing so it reveals the complexity of our own relationship to the past. This a beautifully turned novel of love and natural history, married to the shadowy politics of Louisiana, a novel about what manhood means now and what it meant in the south in the 1920s.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 3/27/2013

    " Lovely, lovely writing. Elise Blackwell is a real craftswoman. I've enjoyed all her books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 2/7/2013

    " I had no expectations going into this one since I had never heard of it before finding out that a Twitter friend wrote it. Wonder coming-of-age story that also explores politics and family dynamics. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gin | 1/20/2013

    " This had potential, but just didn't make it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Frank | 5/11/2012

    " This novel is too short to accomplish what it's trying to do. On the other hand, it is a quick read. I'd recommend John M. Barry's Rising Tide instead. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 5/2/2012

    " Cypress forests used to blanket Louisiana. This is just one story of the rape of land, but also the story of how New Orleans was saved from flooding by the destruction of levys which protected other towns. A unique novel, well written and with historical basis. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Don | 4/4/2012

    " There's a lot of story here crammed into a small book. Ultimately, the author just tries to cover too much: Katrina and the 1927 flood, the Carville leper asylum, Huey Long, plus several threads about the main characters. I guess I was hoping this would be the book John Goodman is writing in Treme. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 2/26/2012

    " Well written story set in LA in the 1920s as the flood is approaching. It is told in flashback by an old man who was a teenager at the time. It describes family conflicts and class conflicts that still resonate in today's world. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 12/19/2011

    " Finished this a few days ago. It was pretty good. I think it would have been more fun if it took place in a real town/parish. Curious as to whether the politics in the book were close to what actually happened or not. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Norm | 11/23/2011

    " An enjoyable read about a young man's life, family and friends in south La. 1927 "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 kim McDonald | 11/4/2011

    " a lovely little coming of age historical fiction novel. a quick light read, it also explores some deeper moral questions as well. louisiana, flooding, levees...you get the idea. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 4/4/2011

    " This book creates much self-contemplation as the main character recounts his coming of age story. The book tugs at your heart strings as you realized how the main character 'sold out his ethic'. Book would be worth reading again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Norm | 3/14/2010

    " An enjoyable read about a young man's life, family and friends in south La. 1927 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 11/15/2009

    " Cypress forests used to blanket Louisiana. This is just one story of the rape of land, but also the story of how New Orleans was saved from flooding by the destruction of levys which protected other towns. A unique novel, well written and with historical basis. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 10/25/2009

    " I had no expectations going into this one since I had never heard of it before finding out that a Twitter friend wrote it. Wonder coming-of-age story that also explores politics and family dynamics. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 9/10/2008

    " Lovely, lovely writing. Elise Blackwell is a real craftswoman. I've enjoyed all her books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 7/19/2008

    " Well written story set in LA in the 1920s as the flood is approaching. It is told in flashback by an old man who was a teenager at the time. It describes family conflicts and class conflicts that still resonate in today's world. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 kim. | 8/12/2007

    " a lovely little coming of age historical fiction novel. a quick light read, it also explores some deeper moral questions as well. louisiana, flooding, levees...you get the idea. "

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About the Narrator

Scott Sowers is an actor and audiobook narrator. AudioFile magazine named him the 2008 Best Voice in Mystery and Suspense.