Sisters of the Sweetwater Fury: A Novel

Sisters of the Sweetwater Fury: A Novel

by Kinley Bryan


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Three sisters. Two Great Lakes. One furious storm.

It's 1913 and Great Lakes galley cook Sunny Colvin has her hands full feeding a freighter crew seven days a week, nine months a year. She also has a dream-to open a restaurant back home-but knows she'd never convince her husband, the steward, to leave the seafaring life heloves.

In Sunny's Lake Huron hometown, her sister, Agnes Inby, mourns her husband, a U.S. Life-Saving Serviceman who died in an accident she believes she could have prevented. Burdened with regret and longing for more than her job at the dry goods store, she looks for comfort in a secret infatuation.

Two hundred miles away in Cleveland, the youngest sister, Cordelia Blythe, has pinned her hopes for adventure on her marriage to a lake freighter captain. Finding herself alone and restless in her new town, she joins him on the season's last trip up the lakes.

On November 8, 1913, a deadly storm descends on the Great Lakes, bringing hurricane-force winds, whiteout blizzard conditions, and mountainous thirty-five-foot waves that last for days. Amidst the chaos, the women are offered a glimpse of the clarity they seek, if only they dare to perceive it.

Inspired by actual events during the Great Lakes Storm of 1913, Sisters of the Sweetwater Fury is a meticulously researched and grippingly told debut novel.

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ISBN-13: 9781737915201
Publisher: Blue Mug Press
Publication date: 10/12/2021
Pages: 324
Sales rank: 453,932
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.81(d)

About the Author

Kinley Bryan was inspired by stories of her great-grandparents, a schooner captain and ship's cook, who survived the 1913 storm with their young children. Kinley lives with her husband and children on the Atlantic Coast, where she prefers not to lose sight of the shore. Sisters of the Sweetwater Fury is her first novel.

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