EMMA EILEEN GROVE, Mississippi River, 1865
New York : Aladdin, 1997
and her little sister are trying to reach the safe haven of their uncle's
home in St. Louis. Their mother has died of fever, their father, a soldier
for the Confedracy, hasn't written in months and they fear he is dead.
The SULTANA, a steamboat filled with released Yankee prisoners covered
with sores and lice, as well as the civilian passengers, braves the flooded
Mississippi. The boilers explode in the middle of the night. People with
every reason to hate each other must cooperate to survive. Emma and her
sister hold onto a piece of decking along with an African American stevadore,
a sheltered, middle-aged southern belle, a Yankee, thin and weak from prison,
and a drunken gambler. This disaster, the worst in American history (more
people died than on Titanic!) is obscure because Lincoln's assasination
about a week before overshadowed the news.
(Kathleen Duey, author. firstname.lastname@example.org)
Sultana (Steamboat) -- Fiction
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Fiction
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