A Season of Night
New Orleans Life after Katrina

By Ian McNulty

176 pages, 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 inches

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An account of life post-Katrina and a paean to shaken but ever-alluring New Orleans

For many months after Hurricane Katrina, life in New Orleans meant negotiating streets strewn with debris and patrolled by the United States Army. Most of the city was without power. Emptied and ruined houses, businesses, schools, and churches stretched for miles through once thriving neighborhoods.

Almost immediately, however, die-hard New Orleanians began a homeward journey. A travelogue through this surreal landscape, A Season of Night: New Orleans Life after Katrina offers a deeply intimate, firsthand account of that homecoming. After the floodwaters drained, author Ian McNulty returned to live on the second floor of his wrecked house without electricity or neighbors. For months his sanity was writing this book on a laptop by candlelight.

By turns haunting, inspiring, and darkly comic, this memoir offers a behind-the-headlines story of resilience and renewal. From bittersweet camaraderie in the wreckage to depression and violent rampages in the lawless night to the first flickers of cultural revival and the explosive joy of a post-Katrina Mardi Gras, A Season of Night delivers an unprecedented tale from the wounded but always enthralling Crescent City. Learn more about the book and its author at

Ian McNulty is a freelance writer and regular contributor to Gambit Weekly and New Orleans Magazine. He is the author of Hungry? Thirsty? New Orleans, a guidebook to restaurants and bars.

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176 pages, 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 inches