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Transcript of Ninth Ward
Her work has been published in Germany, Italy, Canada, Turkey, and the United Kingdom and reproduced in audio and for NPR's "Selected Shorts." Her literary awards include: the American Book Award, the National Endowment of the Arts Award, the Black Caucus of the American Library Award for Literary Excellence, the PEN Oakland/Josephine Miles Award for Outstanding Writing, and two Arizona Book Awards. The conflict of Ninth Ward is when Mama Ya-Ya visions show a powerful hurricane- Katrina- fast approaching, its up to Lanesha to call upon the hope and strength Mama Ya-Ya has given her to help them both survive the storm. Born and raised in Manchester, on the North Side of Pittsburgh, she received a Bachelor of Arts in Drama Criticism, a Master of Arts in English, and a Doctor of Arts in English (Creative Writing) from Carnegie Mellon University.She is the author of five novels: Voodoo Dreams, Magic City, Douglass' Women, Voodoo Season, and Yellow Moon; and a memoir, Porch Stories: A Grandmother's Guide to Happiness. A sixth novel, Hurricane Levee Blues, and a children’s novel, Ninth Ward, will be published in 2009. Vocabulary fortitude- strength to endure
lapping- to fold or wind around something.
perpendicular- vertical; straight up and down; upright.
tragedy- a character is brought to ruin or suffers extreme sorrows
synopses-a brief summary of the plot of a novel, motion picture, play, etc.
groggy-staggering, as from exhaustion or blows
linoleum-a hard, washable floor covering
magnolias-any shrub or tree of the genus Magnolia, having large, usually fragrant flowers
vacuum-absence of matter