The Lifeboat

By Charlotte Rogan
(Thorndike Press, Paperback, Large Print, 9781410450197, 367pp.)

Publication Date: August 2012

Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover, Paperback, Paperback, Compact Disc, Compact Disc, Hardcover, Paperback

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“Grace is the 22-year-old narrator of this terrifying, tightly told tale of the sinking of an ocean liner crossing the Atlantic from England in 1914. Few escape onto the small overcrowded lifeboats, Grace being one. With little food and drink, paranoia and power struggles surface, and The Lifeboat becomes a study of human nature and who has a stronger will to survive under extreme conditions. As Rogan writes in the end, 'It was not the sea that was cruel, it was the people.' A brilliant and harrowing story of a struggle for survival as well as a profound look at the complexities of human nature at its core.”
-- Annie Philbrick, Bank Square Books, Mystic, CT


Description
Grace Winter, 22, is both a newlywed and a widow. She is also on trial for her life.
In the summer of 1914, the elegant ocean liner carrying Grace and her husband Henry across the Atlantic suffers a mysterious explosion. Setting aside his own safety, Henry secures Grace a place in a lifeboat, which the survivors quickly realize has exceeded capacity. For any to live, some must die.
As the castaways battle the elements and each other, Grace recollects the unorthodox way she and Henry met, and the new life of privilege she thought she'd found. Will she pay any price to keep it?
THE LIFEBOAT is a page-turning novel of hard choices and survival, narrated by a woman as unforgettable and complex as the events she describes.



NPR
Saturday, Apr 14, 2012

The Lifeboat is the story of a ship sinking two years after the sinking of the Titanic. It's a first novel by a writer who waited years to publish, Charlotte Rogan. As the anniversary of the Titanic disaster looms, NPR's Lynn Neary examines the book and the whole Titanic oeuvre. More at NPR.org

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