A.D. New Orleans After the Deluge follows the true stories of several people affected by Hurricane Katrina. It begins with the first hurricane warnings, and shows, with beautifully evocative drawings, what happens next. The people are from all walks of life, and some stay in New Orleans, while others evacuate. One story is about a shopkeeper and his friend, who stay behind to protect the store from looters, and to try to ride out the hurricane. Another follows a multi-generational family of women, being moved from safe-haven to safe-haven, feeling the worst effects of mismanaged relief efforts. Another follows a couple who evacuate but return to find their home destroyed. Each narrative tells a different part of the larger story about Hurricane Katrina and its survivors.
One of the things this book does well is using pictures to fill in the parts of the story that are not in the text. In one example, the text reads “He drove down and got us. He had to take back roads and double around a lot to get into the city, but somehow he did it,” while the drawing shows a man using a gun to hold back a desperate crowd, so that his family can get into his car. In another drawing, the picture shows what happens to a pet, while the text describes the owner being ok. The stories in the book are based on interviews with people who lived through the hurricane. It is a touching story, and a great, fast read.