River Rising explores a similiar division--race and class in Louisiana. But it also provides a hope in it's plot and character development that one day things will be better. The final chapter reminds me of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s I have a dream speech when Jean Tibbetts stands on the boardwalk and observes the citizens of Pilotville. We need that kind of hope, to keep ourself out of that muddle. We need it now more than ever.
Welcome to Pilotville, Louisiana, 1927, isolated outpost on the Mississippi River--a stilt village bounded by swampland to the horizon, accessible only by boat, an island of brotherly love in a sea of racism. Meet Hale Poser, a stranger with a bad hip whos come looking for his roots--a humble man, a righteous man, a miracle man. In the swamp beyond the cypress and the tupelo and veiled by Spanish moss lies a lingering evil. For years it slept in dreadful isolation. Now comes Hale Poser, and it will sleep no more. It will rain down on Pilotville, it will rise up like a river, and nothing but a miracle can stop this awful flood.