Publication Date: June 2012
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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 her 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 is over 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 pageturning novel of hard choices and survival, narrated by a woman as unforgettable and complex as the events she describes.
Charlotte Rogan graduated from Princeton in 1975. She taught herself to write between working at various jobs and bringing up triplets. Her childhood vacations with a family of sailors provided inspiration for The Lifeboat, her first novel. She lives in Westport, Connecticut with her husband.
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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