Grand Ambition by Lisa Michaels
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"An absorbing, affecting and beautifully written novel."—New York Times Book Review

In Lisa Michaels's enthralling debut novel, she weaves the tale of two young newlyweds, Glen and Bessie Hyde, who set out in 1928 to run the rapids of the Grand Canyon. The pair hoped to set a record: Bessie would be the first woman to negotiate that treacherous stretch of the Colorado River. When they failed to appear at their destination on time, Glen's father mounted a desperate search to find them. Based on the few known facts of a true story, Grand Ambition contemplates our need for risk and danger, and treats with great complexity the power of youthful passion. Reading Group Guide included.

About Lisa Michaels

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Lisa Michaels is an award-winning poet and contributing editor at The Threepenny Review. Her memoir Split was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. She lives in Northern California.
Published April 17, 2002 by W. W. Norton & Company. 288 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Crime. Fiction

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This gives the story of Bessie and Glen Hyde an intriguing philosophical and historical underpinning, for Bessie wants to be the first woman to run that notorious part of the Colorado River as it races between narrow banks and over dangerous rapids through the Grand Canyon;

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The Grand Ambition Lisa Michaels Sceptre £14.99, pp262 Still She Haunts Me: A Novel of Lewis Carroll and Alice Liddell Katie Roiphe Review £10, pp222 Pop Kitty Aldridge Cape £15.99, pp249 A few years ago, Lisa Michaels, a young Californian writer, published an excellent memoir about growing up wi...

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Rafting through spectacularly dangerous rapids, she begins to feel that Glen's composure might well be simple recklessness, but she is seized by a need to keep up with the husband she loves.

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