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: A NOVEL
is a page-turning novel of hard choices and survival, narrated by a woman as unforgettable and complex as the events she describes. ''The Lifeboat
traps the reader in a story that is exciting at the literal level and brutally moving at the existential. I read it in one go.'' -Emma Donoghue, author of New York Times bestseller Room.
Charlotte Rogan's first novel has garnered many favorable reviews and quotes.
Graduating from Princeton University in 1975, Charlotte Rogan
worked at various jobs, mostly in the fields of architecture and engineering, before teaching herself to write and staying home to bring up triplets. An old criminal law text and her childhood experiences among a family of sailors provided inspiration for The Lifeboat
. After many years in Dallas and a year in Johannesburg, she and her husband now live in Westport, Connecticut.
There is no charge for this program but registration is encouraged. Books will be available for purchase and signing courtesy of Elm Street Books, New Canaan.