Publish Date: 2019 Awards: 2019 National Book Award for Nonfiction
When Sarah M. Broom’s mother bought a shotgun house in New Orleans, it was 1961 and life seemed full of promise. Widowed, Sarah’s mother remarried, and the house came to host twelve children. But when her husband died, that same house turned into her most unruly child. Ambitious and moving, this book traces a hundred years of family history and the history of one of the most fascinating American cities.