In Five Days at Memorial, author Sheri Fink reconstructs five days at Memorial Medical Center following Hurricane Katrina and draws students into the lives of those who struggled to survive and to maintain life amidst chaos. Written in the tradition of other powerful narrative nonfiction titles such as Rebecca Skloot’s The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Tracy Kidder’s Mountains Beyond Mountains and Katherine Boo’s Behind the Beautiful Forevers, Five Days at Memorial, the culmination of six years of reporting, investigates the mystery of what happened in those days, bringing students into a conversation about the consequences and ethics of health care rationing. Fink exposes the hidden dilemmas of end-of-life care and reveals just how ill-prepared Americans are for the impact of large-scale disasters.
Five Days at Memorial is scheduled to be published on September 10th, 2013, and has already received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, which called the book an “astonishing blend of Pulitzer Prize–winning journalism…and breathtaking narration” as well as Kirkus Reviews, stating that Five Days is “an artful blend of drama and philosophy”. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, college and course information to request a complimentary advanced reader copy.
Sheri Fink will present at the 10th Annual Random House Luncheon at the 2014 First-Year Experience® in San Diego, California.