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The Lifeboat (original 2012; edition 2012)

by Charlotte Rogan

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Title:The Lifeboat
Authors:Charlotte Rogan
Info:Little, Brown Young Readers (2012), Paperback, 288 pages
Collections:Fiction
Rating:****
Tags:Shipwreck, Read 2012

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Set 2yrs after Titanic ( )
  keithgordonvernon | May 1, 2017 |
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  jantorgy | Feb 7, 2017 |
A very thought provoking book in the vain of "Lord of the Flies". I was a little put off in the beginning by the pacing of the novel, but knew that because the shortness of the book things would have to pick up eventually. Maybe this was a short story stretched out into a novel?
This would make a great book discussion choice. ( )
  Iambookish | Dec 14, 2016 |
Will complete review after book club meeting... ( )
  yvonne.sevignykaiser | Apr 2, 2016 |
Good literary novel that keeps you wondering what exactly is going on the whole time. I wouldn't say it is exactly resolved but it was a nice change of pace from the more action oriented and sci-fi stuff that normally occupies my fiction time. ( )
  ndpmcIntosh | Mar 21, 2016 |
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Rogan writes viscerally about the desperate condition of the castaway, of what it is like to be “surrounded on four sides by walls of black water” or to be so thirsty your tongue swells to the size of “a dried and hairless mouse.” But it’s her portrait of Grace, who is by turns astute, conniving, comic and affecting, that drives the book.
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I shall sing of the flood to all people. Listen!

—The myth of Atrahasis, last lines
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For Kevin
And for Olivia, Stephanie, and Nick
With love
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Today I shocked the lawyers, and it surprised me, the effect I could have on them.
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Grace Winter, twenty-two, is both a newlywed and a widow.
She is also on trial for her life.


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.

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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0316185906, Hardcover)

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.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:03:51 -0400)

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Forced into an overcrowded lifeboat after a mysterious explosion on their trans-Atlantic ocean liner, newly widowed Grace Winter battles the elements and her fellow survivors and remembers her husband, Henry, who set his own safety aside to ensure Grace's.… (more)

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