Jesus Out to Sea Author:James Lee Burke In this moving collection of short stories, James Lee Burke elegantly marries his flair for gripping storytelling with his lyrical writing style and complex, fascinating character portraits. The backdrop of the hurricane-ravaged Gulf Coast is a versatile setting for Burke's stories, which cover the scope of the human experience -- from love ... more »and sex to domestic abuse to war, death, and friendship.
Eleven stories with a backdrop of the Gulf Coast, all told in Burke's highly eclectic style. I liked the character changes in, "Why Bugsy Siegel Was A Friend of Mine" and the sense of actually sitting on a rooftop during Hurricane Katrina waiting for a rescue in "Jesus Out to Sea". My husband and I sat out Hurricane Rita a few weeks later-Burke after Katrina blew through, but thankfully, in central Louisiana. Burke has won two Edgar Awards.