The Lifeboat

The Lifeboat

By Charlotte Rogan; Rebecca Gibel (Narrated by)

Audiogo, Compact Disc, 9781611132489

Publication Date: June 19, 2012


In the summer of 1914, Grace elopes with Henry Winter in London, hoping to escape the disapproval of his wealthy family. When the elegant ocean liner carrying them home to America suffers a mysterious explosion, Henry sacrifices his own safety and secures Grace a seat in a lifeboat, which its occupants quickly realize is over capacity. For any to live, some must die. Adrift on the Atlantic, the weather deteriorating and supplies dwindling, the castaways scheme and battle, caught up in a vicious power struggle between a ruthless but experienced sailor and an enigmatic matron with surprising powers of persuasion. Choosing a side will seal her fate, but Grace has made her way in the world by seizing every possible advantage. As she recollects the unorthodox way she and Henry met and considers the new life of privilege she thought she d found, Grace must now decide: will she pay any price to keep it?

"The Lifeboat" is a masterful debut, a story of hard choices, ambition, and endurance, narrated by a woman as complex and unforgettable as the events she describes.

About the Author
Charlotte Rogan studied architecture at Princeton University, graduating in 1975. She worked at various jobs, mostly in the fields of architecture and engineering, before teaching herself to write and staying home to bring up triplets. She is also the author of The Lifeboat, which was nominated for the Guardian's First Book Award, the international IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, and has been translated into twenty-six languages. She lives in Westport, Connecticut.

Rebecca Gibel, an award-winning stage, television, and voice actress, has worked across the country at theaters such as Trinity Rep, Cleveland Play House, and the Arden Theatre Company. Rebecca has narrated over fifty audiobooks and is facile in a wide variety of genres.