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A house and marriage violently disintegrate. Abandoned by her husband and left alone to raise an infant in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Julie is surrounded by the rubble of her life - stripped bare by love and loss.

 

What happens when one woman loses everything? It is a time of unprecedented clarity. She must unflinchingly face her marriage, her womanhood, her husband's alcoholism, his infidelity, and the remains of a shattered home. Acknowledging her own pain, she also shares the heartache of others in her coastal community rebuilding the ruin of their lives. As she reflects on choices past and present, Julie emerges anew.

 

A dignified and heart rending account throughout, Naked - Stripped By A Man and Hurricane Katrina, is the debut release from author Julie Freed. It comes amidst a list of ever growing books about Katrina and whilst many offer sobering insights, there still seems an overwhelming bias towards the deplorable role of government in its aftermath. They can be read with a degree of detachment, but not so with Freed’s harrowing account. The events during and after were undeniably terrifying, but Freed doesn’t handle them for sensation. Her intention is to show how close we all are, at any moment in time, to unexpected, monumental and life altering change. Resolute, but understated in her narration, her prose achieve a tone that doesn’t force her account upon readers. She isn’t someone hurtling towards resolution, but one of many extraordinary people who have delved deep into a well of reserve and found the strength and courage to not only adapt, but to grow when faced with seemingly insurmountable odds. With a laudable and powerful element of self-reflection the lasting message in Freed’s words is that the lingering trauma of catastrophe pales in the face of self-determination.

 

An intelligent and engaging memoir, Naked - Stripped By A Man and Hurricane Katrina, is undoubtedly deserving of your attention and is recommended without reservation.

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