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Monday, October 14, 2013

The Lifeboat, A Novel by Charlotte Rogan

Publisher:  Reagan Arthur Books
Release Date:  April 3, 2012
Pages:  288
The Lifeboat by Charlotte Rogan
Book 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 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 page-turning novel of hard choices and survival, narrated by a woman as unforgettable and complex as the events she describes.

WC's Review:  Is it a noble exercise to sacrifice oneself by jumping overboard to lighten the load in the lifeboat to save those remaining onboard? Those who do voluntarily abscond may benefit from the satisfaction of going to a better place while escaping the inequities of dealing with the failed human experience with those who choose to live.

Newlywed Grace Winters suffers the horrors of human frailties aboard a lifeboat in the northern Atlantic for 21 days, two years after the Titanic disaster. She finds herself entwined in the power struggle for survival with 39 boat mates who literally jockey for position to remain onboard and to suffer the enigma of continuing to live. 

She and other survivors must testify in court to decisions they made as to who shall live.  Captivating.

Author:  Charlotte Rogan graduated from Princeton University 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. Her childhood experiences among a family of sailors and the discovery of an old criminal law text provided inspiration for The Lifeboat, her first novel. After many years in Dallas and a year in Johannesburg, she and her husband now live in Connecticut. The Lifeboat is being translated into 25 languages.