Ellen Urbani / Dec 05, 2019

Landfall Two mothers and their teenage daughters whose lives collide in a fatal car crash take turns narrating Ellen Urbani s breathtaking novel Landfall set in the wake of Hurricane Katrina Eighteen year

  • Title: Landfall
  • Author: Ellen Urbani
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  • Two mothers and their teenage daughters, whose lives collide in a fatal car crash, take turns narrating Ellen Urbani s breathtaking novel, Landfall, set in the wake of Hurricane Katrina Eighteen year olds Rose and Rosebud have never met but they share a birth year, a name, and a bloody pair of sneakers Rose s quest to atone for the accident that kills Rosebud, a young woTwo mothers and their teenage daughters, whose lives collide in a fatal car crash, take turns narrating Ellen Urbani s breathtaking novel, Landfall, set in the wake of Hurricane Katrina Eighteen year olds Rose and Rosebud have never met but they share a birth year, a name, and a bloody pair of sneakers Rose s quest to atone for the accident that kills Rosebud, a young woman so much like herself but for the color of her skin, unfolds alongside Rosebud s battle to survive the devastating flooding in the Lower Ninth Ward and to find help for her unstable mother These unforgettable characters give voice to the dead of the storm and, in a stunning twist, demonstrate how what we think we know can make us blind to what matters most.

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      • Ellen Urbani

        Ellen Urbani is the author of Landfall 2015, Forest Avenue Press , a work of contemporary historical fiction, and the memoir When I Was Elena 2006, The Permanent Press a BookSense Notable selection She has a BA from the University of Alabama and an MA from Marylhurst University Her writing has appeared in The New York Times and numerous anthologies, and has been widely excerpted She s reviewed books for The Oregonian, served as a federal disaster trauma specialist, and lectures nationally on this topic Her work has been profiled in the Oscar qualified documentary film Paint Me A Future A Southern expat, her pets will always be dawgs and her truest allegiance will always reside with the Crimson Tide.


    1. 4+ stars Two mothers have two daughters , Rose and Rosy , fatherless children , living a state away , yet in the same confinement of loneliness and isolation, families of two. I was overwhelmed by the sadness . I was deeply moved by the intensity of the mother - daughter bonds. These characters are brought together by a gruesome accident in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina .It's fitting that this book is being published in the same month as the 10 year anniversary of Katrina and the story here [...]

    2. Two young woman, one white one black find their fates entwined during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.Dual storylines that come together because of a tragic event. We learn the girl's back stories and I have to admit to liking Rosebud's story more especially in the beginning. Rose's took a little longer to grow on me, found the original telling of her search to be a little awkward. This is a book where the writing gets stronger as the story progresses. Hurricane Katrina and the descriptions o [...]

    3. Ellen Urbani’s debut novel is an intriguing tale that takes place in the chaotic aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Eighteen year-old Rose Aiken survives an automobile accident that claims the life of her mother and a pedestrian, a young black woman with no identification. At a loss for what to do after the death of her mother, Rose takes it upon herself to track down the family of the dead girl, whose name turns out to be Rosy, and tell them what happened to her. Thus begins a story that alterna [...]

    4. Anyone who has Grandchildren knows that you will glimpse bits and pieces of your own children's earlier selves in their behavior and expressions sometimes. This book uses that knowledge to tell a story with a twist about two mother -daughter sets whose lives become intwined during a fatal car accident in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. It's two stories really; one about resilience and relationships , the other about the atrocities of the aftermath of Katrina. If you're like me you will have [...]

    5. Full review to follow. This novel is a group read for members of On The Southern Literary Trail, December, 2015. Author Ellen Urbani will be joining us to discuss her novel.

    6. Un magnifique roman qui revient sur la catastrophe engendrée par le passage de l'ouragan Katrina sur La Nouvelle-Orléans en 2005. Il dépeint avec justesse la panique et la détresse de ses habitants, les ratés des dirigeants et des services publics, mais aussi le racisme, encore et toujours. Ce roman est aussi le récit des destins croisés de deux jeunes filles qui n'ont en apparence rien à voir l'une avec l'autre, mais que la vie va faire se percuter et qui pourraient avoir bien plus en c [...]

    7. Four stars: An emotional, heartbreaking and hopeful book about loss and survival set during the landfall of Hurricane Katrina.It has been a week since Hurricane Katrina roared ashore, devastating New Orleans. Gertrude and her daughter Rose in Alabama, like many Americans, have watched the disaster unfold live on their television. They feel compelled to help. Gertrude and Rose pack up clothes and supplies in their car and head to donate them. Before they get there, a brief moment of distraction, [...]

    8. A perfectly timed release around the 10 year anniversary of Katrina from a great new voice in Southern Fiction. A story of both beauty and sadness. A story of two single mother homes and their families lives before and after the hurricane that rocked the South. I became completely immersed in this story set in Tuscaloosa, AL and the New Orleans 9th Ward. Though a bit predictable at the end, it's a very well written story. The characters were flawed, beautiful and sad. There is some tough subject [...]

    9. 18/20Un superbe roman qui nous raconte l’histoire de Rose et de Rosy dont la route va se croiser tragiquement. Leurs vies se dévoilent, liées par de nombreux aspects mais en particuliers par les rapports mère-fille très semblables qui ont marqués leurs vies. En plein sud des Etats-Unis et au coeur de l’Ouragan Katrina, Landfall est un roman passionnant et marquant.Ma chronique : myprettybooks.wordpress/2

    10. Landfall is about four people, two mothers and their daughters, Gertrude and Rose in Tuscaloosa AL, and Cilla and Rosy in New Orleans, LA. The backdrop of the story is Hurricane Katrina. Cilla and Rosy endure the catastrophe of Hurricane Katrina and at one point Rosy travels to Tuscaloosa AL to try and get help for herself and her mother Cilla who is bi-polar, and because of the hurricane she does not have the medicine she requires. At the same time or shortly thereafter Gertrude and Rose gather [...]

    11. A story about two similarly-named women affected and connected by Hurricane Katrina, Landfall is, at times, nail-bitingly tense, and at others, heartbreaking. Rosy's story of survival and escape from the Lower 9th Ward in New Orleans is raw with pain. Rose's story is a long journey toward redemption that even she doesn't realize is necessary. Urbani's storm landscape is brilliantly informed by her previous work as a federal disaster/trauma specialist. Landfall is a perfect storm of disaster, tra [...]

    12. Extraordinary!Landfall is a truly remarkable book. At first blush, I expected yet another heart wrenching story about Katrina, the hurricane that outdid all hurricanes, but this story is much, much more. Cilla, her daughter Rosebud (Rosy), Gertrude and her daughter Rose narrate the story from worlds apart, though living in relatively close proximity.Gertrude and Rose live in Tuscaloosa, AL, where Bama football is king. For reasons not understood by Rose, Gertrude constantly moves them from one a [...]

    13. "Somehow this web of women had become her storm shelter, her makeshift family, and if any part of it were to be salvaged she knew she needed to do it alone." ~ from LANDFALL by Ellen UrbaniIn an article for The Atlantic, Julie Beck says, “Storytelling…fictional or nonfictional…is a way of making sense of the world around us,” and Margaret Atwood in Negotiating with the Dead says she writes “to bear witness.” We all have different reasons for putting pen to paper, but Ellen Urbani sat [...]

    14. Worthy of a Pulitzer. How to come up with an original and creatively written novel that is true about the events following Hurricane Katrina and the breaching of the New Orleans' levies? Ellen Urbani has done it. Amazing portrayal of what happens when our fear of what's not real drives our behavior. The truths about this story apply equally to the events going on today with the Syrian refugees. It is always about people marching Jews forced marches to the ovens. Native Americans forced marches [...]

    15. (ARC) Landfall by Ellen Urbani Gertrude and Rose. Rosy and Cilla. Two tiny families whose lives come crashing together, in more ways than one, in the aftermath of tragedy.As everyone already knows, Hurricane Katrina destroyed more than just buildings and roads. It ripped apart families, devastated lives, and continues to taint the memories of those left after the waters receded. Also, the attack on the World Trade Center shook the entire nation to its core. Watching those towers fall on the tele [...]

    16. Ellen Urbani's second novel Landfall is a beautifully written tale of two girls, their mothers, and the aftermath of hurricane Katrina. The book is written from the alternating perspective of these two teenagers, Rose and Rosebud (Rosy), who share the same name and birth year. The book describes how their destinies merge, and develops into a surprising twist and unexpected ending.At first I wasn't sure I was going to like this book, but Urbani's writing is gorgeous, her voice is convincing, and [...]

    17. Ellen is a master of description and it behooves one to have a thesaurus handy as she wields her extensive vocabulary easily and often. Her rendition of the storm itself and of the Superdome were superb. One of my favorite lines describes the latter, which heretofore unbeknownst to me was built on the former site of the Girod Street Cemetery, "Thirteen acres of structural steel framing stretch up 273 feet from the unholy ground, a towering testament to the American propensity to cheer black men [...]

    18. *Thanks to Forest Avenue Press for granting me access to a digital review copy of Landfall in Edelweiss.*Rose and Rosy have never met, but they have a few important things in common. They are the same age; each of them has a close, but strained relationship with her troubled single mother; and both of their lives are forever altered and their histories entwined by tragic events in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. There is much to like about this novel. The story is engaging and the characters [...]

    19. Well written with some very dramatic scenes. Some great factual info about hurricane Katrina in the mix, but mostly centers on the two main characters, Rose and Rosie, in the aftermath of the storm. You will need to pay close attention as you read, as it is easy (or at least it was for me) to get confused between the lives of the two, since they both had basically have the same name and lived with single mothers. Also must watch the time frame of events, as it jumps around a bit as well. Nice tw [...]

    20. Landfall by Author Ellen Urbani is an emotionally powerful novel that will steal your breath just like Katrina’s gale force winds. Urbani doesn’t sugar coat the issues of poverty, race relations, and mental illness that affect her characters. You will wince and cringe at some of the mother-daughter scenes in this novel yet other scenes are so poignant they’ll leave you with tears in your eyes. Rosebud was a compelling character and the young woman will stay with you days after you’ve rea [...]

    21. The book was engaging and wistful without being extremely treacly. A fine read covering a wide range of issues: mental illness, lost love, filial devotion, co-dependency, the government's poor response to Hurricane Katrina. Most of the characters were well drawn, perhaps with the exception of the detective who was a bit cartoonish. Although slightly predictable as one reaches the two-thirds mark, the rapid developments at the end surprise. I read a pre-publication version. It's supposed to be re [...]

    22. Interesting story but I found it a bit hard to follow the storyline shifts. The story shifts between characters, place, and time. I would suggest reading it in long stretches. A good deal of creativity regarding the main characters. Katrina the hurricane is sort of another character but not the main character. I heard the author speak st a book signing and she was an engaging person. She seemed very committed to presenting Katrina accurately.

    23. Landfall is a story of two women, Rose and Rosy, who share a name and a birth year and whose lives intersect due to hurricane Katrina. The story is as intense as the storm itself as Rose attempts to track down Rosy's family after being in a car wreck that claimed both Rosy's life and that of Rose's mother, Gertrude. We learn about the lives of both girls along with a view of the hurricane and it's tragic aftermath. The story is heartbreaking, sad, and intense.

    24. Book received for free from GoodReads First ReadsI enjoyed this book. Most of the characters were likeable and the story moved very fast. There was an underlying sadness to the story because of the car accident and the backdrop of Hurricane Katrina. It wasn't too much though and there was also a sense of hope. I really enjoyed the ending as well. There was a twist that I didn't see coming. Overall, a great story.

    25. Overall a very good novel. Great twist at the end. Very interesting characters; just a little too much unnecessary background information which made me skip bits here and there. I read the advance reader's copy, so maybe the editing will repair the loose parts. The author's writing and her characters' language are colorful and vibrant, makes the story come alive.

    26. Two teenage fatherless girls named Rose/Rosy find each other in a tragic outcome during Hurricane Katrina. That is the story line - but it is really layers of an onion of each character being peeled back, further and examined layer by layer in a complex story telling method that read deep, slow, but yet very satisfying.

    27. This book transported me back to two cities I love. It let me see what they became after Katrina, all through the eyes of two young women whose bravery, courage and grit made me cheer for them both. Great books like this stay with you and change your heart.

    28. Two stories, separate lives that intertwine and an unexpected ending!Great read set during and post Katrina in Louisiana and Alabama. Emotional ups and downs as the stories of 2 girls unfolds.

    29. Definitely with reading. Interesting characters and exploration of love and loss in many forms.I'm very interested in post Katrina experiences and this novel provides some powerful writing about that.Drags a bit mid-novel but does pick up towards end with interesting plot twist.

    30. Great book! The characters are unusual and charming. The story is vividly told, with a surprise ending. It grabs you and doesn't let go.

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