The Thunder and the Hurricane

174Many literate people can deploy a clever metaphor from time to time. It takes a true writer to uncover true-to-life metaphors – where life has been stranger than fiction. Our fellow VDPer, Pia Z. Ehrhardt offers up a very personal account – and just such a story in the Spring 2016 issue of Oxford American.

This is true account of her son’s soccer team and its struggle to regain pride and ground post-Katrina. In narrative, it is simply told, engaging and charming; in meaning, it may be the best metaphor of what it was like to be one of the middle-class people of Katrina. It does not drag the reader through the city carnage, which is refreshing. It also doesn’t put a guilty face on being a victim (which we all were) and just lucky…or plucky.

And no, I don’t know what the “Z” stands for. We just know her as our friend, Pia, and that is impressive enough.

Click here to read the whole article.

Click here to read some of Pia Ehrhardt’s VDP reviews.


Barbara Motley

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