Synopses & Reviews
In November 1928, one year after Lindbergh crossed the Atlantic, a pair of young newlyweds set out to run the rapids of the Grand Canyon in a homemade boat. Swept up by America's obsession with feats of daring, Glen and Bessie Hyde hoped to set a record -- she would be the first woman to run that treacherous stretch of the Colorado River. A month later they vanished without a trace. Using the few known facts of Bessie and Glen Hyde's story and deftly braiding the account of the young lovers' journey with Glen's father's desperate efforts to find them, Lisa Michaels creates a tale of inexorable suspense.
In Lisa Michaels's enthralling debut novel, she weaves the tale of two young newlyweds, Glen and Bessie Hyde, who set out in 1928 to run the rapids of the Grand Canyon. The pair hoped to set a record: Bessie would be the first woman to negotiate that treacherous stretch of the Colorado River. When they failed to appear at their destination on time, Glen's father mounted a desperate search to find them. Based on the few known facts of a true story, contemplates our need for risk and danger, and treats with great complexity the power of youthful passion. Reading Group Guide included.
"An absorbing, affecting and beautifully written novel."-- Book Review
About the Author
Lisa Michaels is an award-winning poet and contributing editor at The Threepenny Review. Her memoir Split was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. She lives in Northern California.