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Come Landfall
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Set along the Mississippi Gulf Coast, the stories of three women and the men they love come together in this novel of war and hurricanes, loss and renewal.

The worlds of three women and the men they love come together in this novel of war and hurricanes, loss and renewal. Christiane, or Nana, reliving the past in her eighties, her granddaughter Angela, working at a Biloxi casino in her twenties, and their teenage friend Cam, the daughter of a Vietnamese shrimper, form a deep connection. As they face heartbreak, their bonds nurture and sustain them. Ordinary people impacted by the shifts of history— Come Landfall is a southern story with a global sensibility.

The Gulf Coast serves as more than just a setting— it is a character unto itself. With casinos lining one side of the highway, antebellum homes along the other, and a Vietnamese neighborhood up the road, here the old South collides with the new. From households along this stretch of US 90, lineages and emotional connections stretch all over the world.

Inspired by true events, Roy Hoffman’ s novel has its seeds in the saga of his uncle, Maj. Roy Robinton, US Marine Corps, a WWII prisoner of war in the Philippines who disappeared as captive on a Japanese “ hellship.” His young bride, back home, was ground down, waiting.

Christiane returns in her mind to the man she married at twenty-one— Rosey, a flyer with the Army Air Corps who was in the Philippines at the outbreak of WWII. Angela meets Frank, an airman at Keesler Air Force base who is proudly patriotic, deeply religious, and a student of weather. Cam falls in love with Joe, a Biloxi cop, and her own tumultuous story begins to interweave with that of Angela’ s and Nana’ s. What’ s taken from Nana, Angela, and Cam (and so many others when storms make their landfall), what’ s given back, and what’ s kept forever sit at the heart of this
intimate yet expansive novel.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Prologue
  2. pp. 1-2
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  1. Part I: Nana's Soldier
  2. pp. 3-4
  1. One: Stardust Melody
  2. pp. 5-17
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  1. Two: Men in Uniform
  2. pp. 18-29
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  1. Three: At First Sight
  2. pp. 30-44
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  1. Four: Surrender
  2. pp. 45-62
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  1. Five: Foreign Correspondence
  2. pp. 63-74
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  1. Six: Out of the Blue
  2. pp. 75-96
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  1. Part II: Feet Planted, Sand Caving
  2. pp. 97-98
  1. Seven: Over the Threshold
  2. pp. 99-109
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  1. Eight: Hidden Voices
  2. pp. 110-127
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  1. Nine: Farewell
  2. pp. 128-144
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  1. Part III: The Roaring Wave
  2. pp. 145-146
  1. Ten: Counting the Days
  2. pp. 147-161
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  1. Eleven: A Rising Wind
  2. pp. 162-173
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  1. Twelve: Blow the House Down
  2. pp. 174-181
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  1. Thirteen: Nightwatch
  2. pp. 182-191
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  1. Fourteen: An Outside Hand
  2. pp. 192-200
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  1. Part IV: Heavy Weather Blues
  2. pp. 201-202
  1. Fifteen: Heart's Destination
  2. pp. 203-216
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  1. Sixteen: Journey of Return
  2. pp. 217-223
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  1. Seventeen: Hold Me Tight
  2. pp. 224-234
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  1. Eighteen: Double Play
  2. pp. 235-246
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  1. Nineteen: Never Let Me Go
  2. pp. 247-257
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  1. Twenty: From the Sea
  2. pp. 258-272
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 273-274
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