REVIEWED BY LISA INGRASSIA
Aside from the pavement they tread, the residents of New Orleans' Orchid Street have little common ground. A transplanted couple argue over whether the boisterous crowds are polluting their children's minds. An aspiring drug dealer battles with his conscience. A wife finds herself falling out of love with her cancer-stricken husband. Set in the chaotic months surrounding a treacherous hurricane, Boyden's second novel is an adroit, compulsively readable study of a city and the shared humanity that unites its diverse inhabitants.