As she prepares dinner for her husband andtheir extended family, Suzanne hears on the radio that a jetliner has crashed and her lover is dead. Alex Elling was a renowned orchestra conductor. Suzanne is a concert violist, long unsatisfied withher marriage to a composer whose music turns emotion into thought. Now, more alone thanshe’s ever been, she must grieve secretly.
In this compelling and emotionally affecting tale, Hurricane Katrina bares down on New Orleans, evoking in 95-year-old Louis Proby memories of the fateful - and life-defining - flood of 1927. And tied up in these memories are all the triumphs, missteps and family obligations that make up his life.