The Least Resistance,
a novel by Sarah K. Inman
(2009, 110pgs. $12 online, $15 retail)
Chanda’s mind is as soft as the alluvial soil that enriches the gardens surrounding the Uptown New Orleans estate where she has spent her entire life. When she wakes the morning after Hurricane Katrina, she finds the Old Woman, her sole provider, has died. Forced to leave her paradise, and wander the storm-ravaged city, Chanda finds herself everywhere from the toxic floodwaters of Central City’s slums to the refuge of a gated French Quarter apartment. As she associates with others dealing with the storm’s anarchic aftermath—the struggling black underclass, impromptu militias, and media hordes—Chanda’s slow-witted ways are often mistaken for genius.
Praise for The Least Resistance:
“THE LEAST RESISTANCE is a deft, vivid, apocalyptic reinvention of Kosinki’s classic fable, BEING THERE. It’s a story where the most startling happenings are probably the most true to life. Inman has an unflinching eye for detail and a deceptively casual way of communicating the absurd. It’s as if Chauncy Gardiner passed through the garden gate and into Cormac McCarthy’s THE ROAD.”
-Bill Loehfelm, author of FRESH KILLS and BLOODROOT
“The Least Resistance is a small jewel of a novel, set just after Katrina. We follow Chanda Hillman through the surreal landscape, where the proper response to everything is the non sequitur and the ultimate reward is survival. Sarah Inman is a wonderful writer.”
Thomas Cobb, author of CRAZY HEART and SHAVETAIL
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About the Author:
Sarah K. Inman is the author of Finishing Skills, a novel, Livingston Press, 2005. In addition to writing, she performs as an aerialist and hula hooper and teaches. She lives in New Orleans with her son, husband, and cats.