Fiction. Dead birds are falling out of the sky and Maurice Delahoussaye suspects the air in New Orleans may be unsafe. The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries claims the birds were poisoned, while meteorologists suggest they were killed by a sudden change in temperature. There's even talk of terrorism, Bird Flu, West Nile Virus, or high levels of mold spores left over from the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Gradually, Maurice becomes increasingly fearful that the government is hiding an ominous secret, and when he begins having strange religious premonitions suggesting that his wife is pregnant with Jesus Christ, he becomes convinced that the dead birds are a sign from God. IN THE CITY OF FALLING STARS is a tragicomedy that examines the increasing paranoia following the September 11th attacks, as well as a commentary on the devastating psychological scars that the storm left on the city of New Orleans.
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Chris Tusa was born and raised in New Orleans. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Florida. His debut novel, Dirty Little Angels, was published in March of 2009. His debut collection of poems, Haunted Bones, was published in 2006. His second novel, IN THE CITY OF FALLING STARS, was awarded First Runner-Up for the Faulkner Wisdom Novel–in–Progress Award. Tusa divides his time between teaching full–time in the English Department at LSU and acting as Writer–in–Residence at Southeastern Louisiana University.Author City: New Orleans, LA USA