Growing up in Georgia, I have visited Savannah many times and always love learning about it’s rich history. However, I had never heard about the story told in Surviving Savannah and was happy to learn this new piece of history. Surviving Savannah is a historical fiction about a steamship that tragically sank in 1838 carrying many of Savannah’s elite families at the time. It was interesting to learn about this part of Savannah’s history and loved reading all of the details about Savannah woven into the story. This story switches back and forth between 1838 and present day and I liked the way the author tied the two timelines together. Overall if you like historical fiction and Savannah I would recommend adding this one to your list.
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It was called “The Titanic of the South.” The luxury steamship sank in 1838 with Savannah’s elite on board; through time, their fates were forgotten–until the wreck was found, and now their story is finally being told in this breathtaking novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Becoming Mrs. Lewis.
When Savannah history professor Everly Winthrop is asked to guest-curate a new museum collection focusing on artifacts recovered from the steamship Pulaski, she’s shocked. The ship sank after a boiler explosion in 1838, and the wreckage was just discovered, 180 years later. Everly can’t resist the opportunity to try to solve some of the mysteries and myths surrounding the devastating night of its sinking.
Everly’s research leads her to the astounding history of a family of eleven who boarded the Pulaski together, and the extraordinary stories of two women from this family: a known survivor, Augusta Longstreet, and her niece, Lilly Forsyth, who was never found, along with her child. These aristocratic women were part of Savannah’s society, but when the ship exploded, each was faced with difficult and heartbreaking decisions. This is a moving and powerful exploration of what women will do to endure in the face of tragedy, the role fate plays, and the myriad ways we survive the surviving.
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