Going Back to New Orleans – By Bert Montgomery
Going Back to New Orleans: Post-Katrina Re-Connections and Recollections is a collection of personal stories and experiences from Bert’s friends, neighbors, and classmates in and around New Orleans. Part oral history and part memoir, this book is a journey through the storm and into interconnected wholeness.
Hurricane Katrina passed over the New Orleans area on Monday, August 29, 2005 (the Mississippi Gulf Coast took the most direct hit). That day, and in the days, weeks, and months that followed, Montgomery became acutely aware of a deep, wide chasm in my life that previously he had rarely, if ever, noticed.
This book is a collection of stories about New Orleans and the surrounding region. These are the stories from Montgomery's family, as well as from his Louisiana friends, classmates, members of my church family, etc., as they come to terms with and bridge the chasm that divides their lives into categories called “Pre-Katrina” and “Post-Katrina.”
These are stories of living in, being removed from, and ultimately going back to . . . New Orleans.