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Crimes and Survivors

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Titanic was a white ship--once. Now? Rock the boat.

It's 1912, the era of Jim Crow and lynchings, and a young society woman learns that her grandfather, the grandfather she barely knows, may be passing for white. She has a family. She has a child. She can't be black. She doesn't know how. She follows him onto the newest, safest, biggest ship in the world to find a truth she
ebook, 396 pages
Expected publication: April 15th 2020 by Make Light Work LLC
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Jan 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was expecting a book about the Titanic. What Sarah has given us is, even better, a (hopefully not final!) chapter in the tale of Perdita and Alexander, that happens to happen partially on the Titanic. It is full of all the intrigue and suspense that one expects from a Sarah Smith book, as well as intriguing facts about a point in history.

I read it one sitting, it was *that* enthralling.
Shayla McBride
Mar 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
#4 in the Reisden and Perdita series. Another book based on the doomed Titanic wasn't of much interest to me...until I started reading. I was quickly captivated by the main character, Perdita, a well-connected concert pianist with American roots who takes the unsinkable ship to give a Carnegie Hall concert. More importantly to her, she must connect with another passenger, a man who may be her father...or may be a former slave from a Virginia plantation. In the America of the early 20th century, ...more
Lisa Konet
Jan 30, 2020 rated it really liked it

However there are many fascinating characters with many stories of their own travelling on the Titanic and what happens to each. I like how the book opens with a Titanic party and each guest takes a name and throughout the evening each has to follow along with what happens to the name they picked. Do they survive? Do they die onboard? I liked the beginning of the story immensely because you learn about each character or family, however this book does jump
Clazzzer C
Mar 23, 2020 rated it liked it
This was a very interesting book. The cover made me believe it would be a story about the Titanic but it wasn't. It dug deep into the persecution of Africans in the early 20th Century and explored the vast array of characters who boarded the Titanic back in 1912. There were quite a lot of characters though and at times I must admit that I found it little confusing. I found the exploration of the mistreatment of black citizens in the USA to have been done excellently which really raised that ...more
Feb 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Pretty good stuff. This kept me engaged, and included interesting characters, good dialog, and a decent sized cast. The author created a good amount of suspense and used a fun story telling style with this one.

Thanks very much for the review copy!!
Denai Piscopo
Jan 26, 2020 rated it liked it
Everything Titanic fascinates me and this book definitely had bit that made me keep readying, but it wasn't easy. There is a lot going on, a lot of characters and at some points was a bit hard to follow. I think if I read it a second time that it might be a bit easier and I will have a different opinion, but still great historical accounts of the stories of those doomed passengers.
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