In August 2005, Hurricane Katrina tore into Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, raking away lives, buildings, and livelihoods in a place known for its picturesque, coastal views; its laid-back, artsy downtown; and its deep-dyed Southern cordiality.
In Under Surge, Under Siege: The Odyssey of Bay St. Louis and Katrina Ellis Anderson, who rode out the storm in her Bay St. Louis home and sheltered many neighbors afterwards, offers stories of generosity, heroism, and laughter in the midst of terror and desperate uncertainty. A blend of memoir, personal diary, and firsthand reportage, Under Surge provides compelling and uplifting testament to the strength of the human spirit.
Divided into two parts, this book invites readers into the intimate enclave before, during, and after the storm. Part one, “Under Surge” focuses on connections between residents, then demonstrates how those bonds sustained them through the worst hurricane in U.S. history. “Under Siege” documents the first three years of the grinding aftermath, detailing the unforeseen burdens of stress and depression, insurance scandals, and opportunists that threatened to complete the annihilation of the plucky town.
For excerpts, images, and an appearance schedule please visit www.undersurge.com. Under Surge, Under Siege will be available from UPM in August.
For Ellis Anderson's take on the recent oil spill in the gulf coast, check out her poignant Gulf Coast Diary installments.