Aftershocks

Aftershocks

by Richard S. Wheeler
     
 

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A city in ruins; reputations and lives in ruins.

The earthquake of April, 1906, leveled San Francisco. Survivors hunted for food and water in the devastated city. Here is a young architect who puts his buildings ahead of the safety of his family; a gifted photographer who records the stricken people even while struggling to keep her spouse alive; and a…  See more details below

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A city in ruins; reputations and lives in ruins.

The earthquake of April, 1906, leveled San Francisco. Survivors hunted for food and water in the devastated city. Here is a young architect who puts his buildings ahead of the safety of his family; a gifted photographer who records the stricken people even while struggling to keep her spouse alive; and a corrupt city engineer whose past suddenly catches up with him. Here are Enrico Caruso, Jack London, and John Barrymore, each caught up in the disaster.

But Aftershocks is also the story of the dying city itself, torn apart not only by the giant fist beneath, but by the folly of its leaders and saviors. There were heroes, too, whose acts of mercy add an unexpected tenderness to the drama.

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Publishers Weekly - Reed Business Information, Inc
With his usual skillful storytelling, Wheeler resurrects the powerful plot formula and expert characterization shown in Second Lives (1997) by transporting the reader to the aftermath of the massive 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire. A vast historical drama unfolds in the resulting catastrophe, which Wheeler dramatizes through the fates of six people caught in the devastation that will test their capacity for charity and their ability to survive.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940012954787
Publisher:
Richard S. Wheeler
Publication date:
03/09/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
974,332
File size:
1 MB

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Meet the Author

Richard S. Wheeler is the author of numerous historical novels, many of them set in the American West. He holds the Owen Wister Award for lifetime contribution to the literature of the West.

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