Fever Season - Barbara Hambly

Just finished reading Fever Season by Hambly. During the course of the story I remember thinking that the horrible conditions she describes are similar to those that fiction books use to illustrate the dregs of the city. Then I remembered she was describing New Orleans as it was in the time period. Felt rather unreal. Actually, that was my reaction to most of the book. It's rather unreal and hard to relate to. I've never run up against the hard core attitudes described in the book, caste, class or race related, so I hard trouble identifying with most of the characters. I believe the author has crafted a well written story. One that can definitely strike a chord with people. I just happen to be out of tune with it.