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Paula MorrisPaula Morris was born in New Zealand. For almost a decade she worked in the record business in London and New York. She has also worked as an advertising copywriter and brand strategist. Paula holds an MFA from the University of Iowa and a D.Phil from the University of York, England. She’s an Assistant Professor of English at Tulane University in New Orleans. Learn more at Paula Morris’s blog.

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Ruined: There’s nothing I like better than a good ghost story

Ruined: A Ghost Story by Paula Morris

There's nothing I like better than a good ghost story. And New Orleans is a great city to set one in. In fact, Ruined's greatest strength is its setting.

Because I've been doing research on NO for a project of my own, some of what the book offers is stuff I already know. Even so, all of it is fascinating, especially for people only just being exposed to it. Paula Morris paints the city into the perfect backdrop for her ghost story, setting it right down between history and modern day in such a way that you could easily believe that the story has its roots outside of the author's imagination.

Ruined isn't afraid to question racism and bigotry. Nor does it shy away from tackling the matter of Hurricane Katrina's effects on the city — and what people may or may not be doing to help. But it doesn't exploit the topic either. Morri... Read More