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?
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The Lifeboat is one of those books that takes you by surprise. I hadn’t heard of it, but once I picked it up, I didn’t want to put it down. Then I started checking around and found that it had already received numerous rave reviews, and when I opened my Oprah magazine for this month, there was The Lifeboat as the featured book.
Jonathan Raban reviews The Lifeboat in The New York Review of Books, calling it “an enthralling story of survival at sea” and “one hell of a debut.”
“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
“The Lifeboat is a spellbinding and beautifully written novel, one that will keep readers turning pages late into the night.”
–Tim O’Brien, author of The Things They Carried
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. An old criminal law text and her childhood experiences among a family of sailors provided inspiration for The Lifeboat, her first novel.
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The Lifeboat is a selection of the She Reads book club. If you love to read novels and you like discussing them with other like-minded women, this online book club is for you! Each month, the She Reads book club offers one current title as a featured selection. Readers have vast differences in taste, so diverse genres and authors are chosen, with a total of twelve books per year.
The She Reads book club website features a blog that regularly discusses books and authors; discussion forums; author profiles and interviews; and discussion questions you can use in your own book club.
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