Charlotte Rogan’s The Lifeboat was
Charlotte Rogan’s The Lifeboat was one of the most striking debut novels in recent memory, drawing raves from J.M. Coetzee, Hilary Mantel, Tim O’Brien, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and many others. It was praised for its harrowing, suspenseful premise, its “disarmingly demure and fiercely shrewd” (Entertainment Weekly) protagonist, and its ability to raise “fascinating questions without moral posturing or sentimentality” (USA Today).
In 2016, Rogan returns with Now and Again (Little, Brown and Company; April 5, 2016), another provocative and engrossing story that follows a cast of characters dealing with the moral fallout from their actions. Combining the razor-sharp insight of Ben Fountain’s Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk with the poignancy of Richard Russo’s Empire Falls, this is a novel that asks us to consider how far we’re really willing to go for the truth, while reminding us that a handful of moments can change everything.
Charlotte Rogan studied architecture at Princeton University and worked for a large construction firm before turning to fiction. The Lifeboat was nominated for The Guardian first book award and the international IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and which has been translated into twenty-six languages. After many years in Dallas and a year in Johannesburg, she now lives in Westport, Connecticut.
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