Little, Brown and Company Catalog

Fall 2013/Winter 2014

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The Lifeboat: A Novel
Charlotte Rogan
978-0-316-18590-5, $24.99

The sinking of an ocean liner leaves a newly married woman battling for survival in this powerful and unforgettable debut novel.

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.

April 2012 will be the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. The Lifeboat will appeal to readers interested in that history and time period. The novel raises challenging ethical and social issues, which will provide great fodder for book clubs.

The Lifeboat was inspired by Charlotte Rogan’s childhood vacations with a family of sailors, and a criminal law text she found among her husband’s books, particularly a classic case involving survivors of a shipwreck.

About the author: Charlotte Rogan studied architecture at Princeton University, graduating in 1975. She lives in Westport, Connecticut. This is her first novel.

Publicity contact: Marlena Bittner,

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