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In August 2005, Hurricane Katrina enters the Gulf of Mexico, and coastal residents flee the chaos. In the plantation town of Priory, Louisiana, guest rooms of a local inn, The Retreat, become shelter from the storm. Evacuees bond at The Retreat over shared heartache. They watch in disbelief as homes get swept to sea. Loved ones go missing. Passions ignite. No one will escape untouched. Priory, Louisiana is a story about the relentless nature of regret, the puzzling role of God in human suffering, and the opportunity to reinvent yourself after the life you know has washed away.
About the Author
Pat Kogos is a writer of fiction, poetry and nonfiction. She was born and raised in St. Louis, lived in New Orleans for twenty years, then moved back to her hometown. Pat's writing combines her affection for both her Southern and Midwestern roots. After receiving her Bachelor's at Loyola University in New Orleans, Pat earned an MFA in Writing at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri. She has been both a Finalist and a Semi-Finalist in the Faulkner-Wisdom Creative Writing Competition. Although Pat is thrilled to be back home, she's proud of her continued ties to Louisiana, including her husband Sam's highly regarded Creole and Cajun eatery, Riverbend Restaurant & Bar in St. Louis. Pat lives in the Gateway to the West with her husband, two creative teenagers, and one adorable Yorkie.