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The Steamship Embarks Today! Paperback Pub Day

Updated: Apr 6, 2022

April 5, 2022 | Newsletter PCH

Surviving Savannah in stores now

in paperback format!

Click Here for Signed first edition books. For signed bookplates, please mail a self-addressed stamped envelope to: Patti Callahan Henry 1919 Oxmoor Road. PMB #303 Homewood, AL 35209

From Shipmate

#1 NYT Bestselling Author Kristin Hannah Here's what she had to say. . .

"A beautiful, richly detailed novel about a lost bit of American maritime history. In a seamless blending of fact and fiction, Patti has created an atmospheric, compelling story of survival, tragedy, the enduring power of myth and memory, and the moments that change one's life."

From the Captain

bon voyage!

From the Cruise Director

Elegant or Casual attire. Open seating. Join your fellow shipmates, the captain, and guests, for fun-filled events and adventures at sea— from virtually anywhere.

New Podcast Series from Chief Mates The Untold Story Behind


Shore Excursions

Though you’re free to explore each port on your own, taking a tour can be a memorable and convenient way to immerse yourself in history. In SURVIVING SAVANNAH, Patti Callahan has woven a sweeping, captivating tale; of a contemporary woman lost in a fog of grief who finds solace— and finally, redemption as she uncovers the long-buried secrets of a nearly forgotten shipwreck—and the courageous women who survived to bear witness to history. Based in fact, steeped in heart-breaking detail, SURVIVING SAVANNAH raises the little-known, 180-year-old story of the Southern Titanic to the forefront of American historic fiction.

Onboard Cruise Entertainment

From the Captain and Deck Officers: Friends & Fiction

You are invited!

Join us on Wednesday evening, April 6th @ 7pm ET on Friends and Fiction Facebook or YouTube for a special episode devoted to SURVIVING SAVANNAH! We talk about the things each of us saves and why, and we handle actual artifacts pulled from the bottom of the sea in the Pulaski’s wreckage, all while standing in front of the scale model of the "Titanic of the South" itself.

Your Cruise Documents and Itinerary

SUMMARY 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. 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 Forsyth, 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.

Read an Excerpt Book Club Kit Paperback: 432 pages Publisher: Berkley Pub Date: April 5, 2022 ISBN-10: 1984803751 ISBN-13: 978-1984803757 Formats: Paperback, Hardcover, e-book, Audiobook

An All-Inclusive Adventure Cruise Book Club

Check out the wealth of information for your next book club:

  • Letter from the Author

  • A Conversation with Patti

  • The Long Street Family Tree

  • Map of Ship's Course

  • Artifacts

  • Who Perished & Survived

  • Timeline

  • Loss of Pulaski

  • Discussion Questions

  • Recipe

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SS News Bulletin from the Wheelhouse

Map of Ship's Course

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Your first-hand experiences really help other cruisers. You can post a review on Amazon or any of your favorite book sites or online retailer. From Goodreads, a blog, or share on your favorite social media platform. Form a book club, or join in a virtual event. We love hearing from you!

A Closing Special Announcement

from the Commander

PARADE MAGAZINE ESSAY By Patti Callahan Henry April 5, 2022 "What Artifacts Define Your Own Life?" Bestselling Author Patti Callahan Explains How They Connect Us To Our History

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