The Watery Part of the World
The Outer Banks -- 1813 and Almost Today: Raging storm at sea; a ship misled by pirates and brigands founders in the islands off the Carolinas. Crew and passengers ruthlessly murdered, all but one who seems touched by madness, clutching a portrait. Condemned to life on the island, scrabbling to survive, she is secretly Theodosia Burr Alston, daughter of Aaron Burr and wife to the Governor of South Carolina. Her life depends upon the help of others. Forward through time- to the days of her great-great-great grandchildren struggling through their own isolated island lives.
Island atmosphere and the shadows of slavery, past lives, and personal tradition flow like wind through this tale. Strong characters, unusual settings and actions: a good selection for a book discussion group or personal reading. Recommended by Nancy Pearl, superstar Librarian and frequent NPR contributor. I was struck by this story. There are depths to consider here. It's something to talk about with friends.