New Memoir Recalls the 2005 Hurricane Katrina Disaster

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Written by a Katrina survivor Alvin JacQues, Catastrophic Gumbo remembers events with clarity and poise

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There’s no doubt that Hurricane Katrina was one of the most devastating weather events to hit the United States – costing lives, property and prosperity. In Catastrophic Gumbo: Part I: The Signature Series (published by Trafford Publishing), author Alvin JacQues provides a firsthand look at the facts, drama, details and aftermath of this powerful storm.

Former secretary of Health and Human Services Michael Leavitt once said, “…the big lesson I learned from Hurricane Katrina is that we have to be thinking about the unthinkable because sometimes the unthinkable happens.” The best way to avoid the unthinkable – the tragic loss of life, the overwhelming devastation and property damage -- is to learn from the example of previously-thought-unthinkable events, and Catastrophic Gumbo provides clear examples.

A survivor of Hurricane Katrina, JacQues considers himself lucky to be alive, and he credits his strong faith in God for both his survival and the opportunity to tell his story. In this memoir, he examines the enormous devastation and causalities and tells a heroic tale of survival. Catastrophic Gumbo includes more than 30 stories that describe what really happened during this natural disaster – including his rescue by the Coast Guard, his experience of six days of chaos at the Superdome, the drowning of his mother, the ever-present death and destruction that he witnessed and the corruption of the New Orleans Police Department.

A compelling account, Catastrophic Gumbo gives a behind-the-scenes and personal look at the before, during, and after of this tragedy that hit Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama in 2005.

About the Author
Alvin JacQues is a survivor of Hurricane Katrina who worked as a minister before the hurricane. A performer for the last 30 years, he has gained stage recognition in the United States and abroad. He lives in Pennsylvania and has four grown children. Catastrophic Gumbo is his first book

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