In 1926, before skirt lengths inched above the knee and before anyone was ready to accept that a woman could test herself physically, a plucky American teenager named Trudy Ederle captured the imagination of the world when she became the first woman to swim the English Channel. It was, and still is, a feat more incredible and uncommon than scaling Mount Everest. Upon her return to the United States, "Trudy of America" became the most famous woman in the world. And just as quickly, she disappeared from the public eye.
Set against the backdrop of the roaring 1920s, Young Woman and the Sea is the dramatic and inspiring story of Ederle’s pursuit of a goal no one believed possible, and the price she paid. The moment Trudy set foot on land, triumphant, she had shattered centuries of stereotypes and opened doors for generations of women to come. A truly magnetic and often misunderstood character whose story is largely forgotten, Trudy Ederle comes alive in these pages through Glenn Stout’s exhaustive new research.
|Publisher:||Houghton Mifflin Harcourt|
|Product dimensions:||6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)|
About the Author
GLENN STOUT is a freelance writer, author, editorial consultant and has served as Series Editor of The Best American Sports Writing since its inception. He lived in and around Boston for 20 years and currently lives in Vermont. He is the author of The Young Woman and the Sea and Fenway 1912, and has collaborated with Richard Johnson on Red Sox Century, Yankees Century, The Cubs and The Dodgers.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book is a gem. Having little love for sports writing and no interest in swimming, I thought this book was kind of a dud gift when I opened it. Boy, was I wrong! It's many different stories which each shine light on the other: the story of pursuing a dream, the story of the evolution of a sport, the story of living with a handicap, the stories of people who made history, the story of a girl in a man's world, and the story of the cultural and technological sea-changes abounding in the early twentieth century. Each story pulls you in and draws you along. From the opening pages of the prologue to the final words of the last chapter, Glenn Stout writes with drama and insight, and he leaves you with a tale well-told and no doubt that this is a tale worth telling. This is a book with heart. I'm so glad I picked it up, I so enjoyed reading it, and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it.
This book is about my grandmother's sister Trudy, my grandmother Margaret, and my family so I have heard a lot about this subject all of my life. But, this book goes way beyond just the story of my Aunt Trudy and outlines the whole evolution of swimming, women's swimming, and English Channel swimming. It turns a little known historical event into a great story even for someone that knows the ending