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"The Titanic of the South"

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It was called "The Titanic of the South."  The luxury steamship sank in 1838 with Savannah's elite on board; through time, their fates were forgotten—until the wreck was found, and now their story is finally being told in this breathtaking novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Becoming Mrs. Lewis.

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Coming March 9, 2021


"The Titanic of the South"

Cover Coming Soon! 

A New York Times Bestselling Author
Co-creator and co-host of the weekly web show and podcast
Friends & Fiction 


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Patti Callahan Henry is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of sixteen novels and podcast host. She is the recipient of The Christy Award — A 2019 Winner “Book of the Year”; The Harper Lee Distinguished Writer of the Year for 2020 and the Alabama Library Association Book of the Year for 2019. She is the co-host and co-creator of the popular weekly online Friends and Fiction live web show and podcast. A full-time author and mother of three children, she now resides in both Mountain Brook, Alabama, and Bluffton, South Carolina with her husband.

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When Savannah history professor Everly Winthrop is asked to guest-curate a new museum collection focusing on artifacts recovered from the steamship Pulaski, she's shocked.

The ship sank after a boiler explosion in 1838, and the wreckage was just discovered, 180 years later. Everly can't resist the opportunity to try to solve some of the mysteries and myths surrounding the devastating night of its sinking.

Everly's research leads her to the astounding history of a family of eleven who boarded the Pulaski together, and the extraordinary stories of two women from this family: a known survivor, Augusta Longstreet, and her niece, Lilly Dawson, who was never found, along with her child. These aristocratic women were part of Savannah's society, but when the ship exploded, each was faced with difficult and heartbreaking decisions.


This is a moving and powerful exploration of what women will do to endure in the face of tragedy, the role fate plays, and the myriad ways we survive the surviving.

Surviving Savannah Book Club Kit

“Stories that steal your imagination.”  


Cover Reveal!

Harper Collins announces a new imprintHarper Muse

and Patti Callahan’s

Once Upon a Wardrobe

will be their debut novel.

October 19, 2021

From the New York Times bestselling author of Becoming Mrs. Lewis comes another tenderly imagined and enchanting story that pulls back the curtain on the early life of C. S. Lewis. 


"Where did Narnia

come from?”

The answer

 will change 


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Available Now 

Reunion Beach: Stories Inspired by Dorothea Benton Frank

 By Patti Callahan, Elin Hilderbrand, Adriana Trigiani,  Cassandra King, Nathalie Dupree

and more 

Blue Smoke

Available Now! 

A Story of Florence Nightingale

by Patti Callahan 

and performed by Cynthia Erivo 

An Audible Orginal 

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The wildly successful and much-beloved
"Becoming Mrs. Lewis " is available NOW  
in an expanded trade paper edition.

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Behind The Scenes of Becoming Mrs. Lewis
The Podcast Series  

Available everywhere audiobooks are sold.

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Podcast Collection
 With Bonus Episode and Material 

This edition collects all the interviews from Patti Callahan's Behind the Scenes of Becoming Mrs. Lewis podcast, as well as extensive bonus material not previously released, including an additional episode not released on the original podcast.  



  • A bonus episode—including an interview with the founder and artistic director of Fellowship for Performing Arts, Max McLean. 

  • Bonus chapters from Becoming Mrs. Lewis

  • A special letter, from author Patti Callahan to Joy Davidman

Patti Callahan (Author, Narrator), Lauren Woodward (Narrator), Full Cast (Narrator), Thomas Nelson (Publisher)

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Special Edition Paperback 

The new expanded edition includes:

  • A map of Oxford

  • An expanded discussion guide with 20+ questions for book clubs

  • A timeline of Jack and Joy's Lives

  • Joy's (imagined) letter to Jack

  • 10 Things You May Not Know About Joy Davidman and C. S. Lewis's Love Story

  • A Behind the Scenes Essay: Oxford—The City

In a most improbable friendship, she found love. In a world where women were silenced, she found her voice. 

Southern Contemporary
And Historical Fiction




The New York Times bestselling author Patti Callahan Henry writing Contemporary Southern Fiction.


13 Contemporary Titles:

  • The Perfect Love Song​ (2019)

  • The Favorite Daughter (2019)

  • The Bookshop at Water’s End (2017) 

  • The Idea of Love (2015)

  • The Stories We Tell (2014)

  • And Then I Found You (2013) 

  • Coming up for Air (2011) 

  • Driftwood Summer  (2009) 

  • The Art of Keeping Secrets (2008) 

  • Between the Tides (2007) 

  • When Light Breaks (2006)

  • Where the River Runs (2005)

  • Losing the Moon (2004)





The New York Times bestselling author began writing under the name of 'Patti Callahan' with her introduction into the historical fiction genre. With a belief that the power of story changes us and moves us, Patti’s historical fiction explores the untold stories of the past that affect us now.

4 Historical Titles: 

  • Once Upon a Wardrobe 10/21

  • Surviving Savannah 3/21

  • Wild Swan 12/20 

  • Becoming Mrs. Lewis:  The Improbably Love Story of Joy Davidman & C.S. Lewis 10/18

2 Podcast Collection Series: 

  • The Untold Story Behind Surviving Savannah Podcast Series 3/21 

  • Behind the Scenes of Becoming Mrs. Lewis Podcast 1/20 

Patti's Books 
Once Upon a Wardrobe final cover

Once Upon a Wardrobe | Patti Callahan | October 19, 2021 Pre-Order Now. | A tenderly imagined and enchanting story that pulls back the curtain on the early life of C. S. Lewis.

The Untold Story Behind Surviving Savannah Podcast Series

The Untold Story Behind Surviving Savannah Podcast Series | Available Now | March 9, 2021

Surviving Savannah

SURVIVING SAVANNAH March 9, 2021 | "The Titanic of the South" by Patti Callahan. Historical Fiction. Available in Hardcover, e-book, and audio formats.

Wild Swan

WILD SWAN The Story of Florence Nightingale by NYT bestselling Author Patti Callahan and performed by award-winning performer, Cynthia Erivo | Audible Original | December 10, 2020

Behind the Scenes Podcast Audiobook


Becoming Mrs. Lewis

BECOMING MRS. LEWIS Historical Fiction (2018) Patti Callahan. US, UK, CA. A USA Today, Publishers Weekly, Globe, and Mail Bestseller. A Christy Award Winner "Book of the Year" Expanded Paperback Edition available now (3/20).

The Perfect Love Song

THE PERFECT LOVE SONG. A Holiday Novella. Oct 8, 2019 Available Now!

The Favorite Daughter

THE FAVORITE DAUGHTER (2019) Contemporary Southern Fiction. Available Now.

The Book Shop at Waters Edge

THE BOOKSHOP AT WATER'S EDGE (2017) Contemporary Southern Fiction.

The Idea of Love

THE IDEA OF LOVE (2015) Contemporary Southern Fiction

The Stories we Tell

THE STORIES WE TELL. (2014) Contemporary Southern Fiction

And Then I Found You

AND THEN IF FOUND YOU (2013) Contemporary Southern Fiction

Coming Up For Air

COMING UP FOR AIR (2011) Contemporary Southern Fiction

Driftwood Summer

DRIFTWOOD SUMMER (2009) Contemporary Southern Fiction

The Art of Keeping Secrets

THE ART OF KEEPING SECRETS (2008) Contemporary Southern Fiction

Between the Tides

BETWEEN THE TIDES (2007) Contemporary Southern Fiction

When Light Breaks

WHEN THE LIGHT BREAKS (2006) Contemporary Southern Fiction

Where the river runs

WHERE THE RIVER RUNS (2005) Contemporary Southern Fiction

Losing the moon

LOSING THE MOON (2004) Contemporary Southern Fiction


Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum | Savannah, GA. 

"How do we Survive the Surviving?"

Brought to you by BERKLEY | Penguin Books USA   

Meet C. S. Lewis’s wife Joy Davidman  

Becoming Mrs. Lewis: | Patti Callahan

The Improbable Love story of Joy Davidman

& C.S. Lewis | Oxford, England 

 Praise. Accolades. Editorial Reviews 
Becoming Mrs. Lewis

 The Improbable Love Story of Joy Davidman and C. S. Lewis

Now a USA TODAY, Publishers Weekly, and The Globe and Mail Bestseller. 

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