This piece depends on its strong, admirable protagonist, Artie Folse, who refuses to say die. As other homes fester and are torn down around his, he gets to work and, a year after Hurricane Katrina, is close to returning his house to what it was. Schwartz’s human and engaging portrayal of Folse and his wife keep us reading. We enjoyed, in particular, the piece’s very last line.

Read “A New Orleans Home is Reborn, With Persistence,” by John Schwartz

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