The author of the “stunning and audacious” (NPR) debut novel We Cast a Shadow returns with a collection of raunchy stories that offer a panoramic view of New Orleans.
Maurice Carlos Ruffin has an uncanny ability to reveal the hidden nooks and crannies of a place we thought we knew well. These character-driven, multi-perspective stories are deeply rooted in New Orleanian culture and center on the margins.
In “Beg Borrow Steal,” a boy enjoys helping his father find work after he returns home from prison; in “Ghetto University,” a couple in financial distress turns to crime after reaching rock bottom; in “Before I Let Go,” a woman who has lived in NOLA for generations fights to keep her home; and in “Fast Hands, Fast Feet,” an army vet and a runaway teen find companionship while sleeping under a breezy bridge.
These stories, written by a lifelong New Orleanian and one of our finest new writers, are intimate invitations to hear, witness, and imagine lives that are at once regional but largely universal, and undeniably New Orleanian.... Read More