Sixteen-year-old Celestia vacations with her family at the elite resort at Lake Conemaugh, a shimmering Allegheny Mountain reservoir held in place by an earthen dam. Tired of the superficial cheer and sly judgments of the society crowd, she much prefers to swim and fish with Peter, the hotel's hired boy. It's a friendship she must keep secret her parents would never approve and when companionship turns to romance, it's a love that could get Celestia disowned. These affairs of the heart become all the more wrenching on a single, tragic day in May 1889. After days of heavy rain, the dam fails, unleashing twenty million tons of water onto Johnstown, Pennsylvania, in the valley below the town where Peter lives with his father. Told by multiple narrators, Jame Richards's searing novel in poems explores a cross-class romance, the random hand of disaster, and a tragic and indelible event in American history.
About the Author
Jame Richards lives in Monroe, Connecticut. This is her first novel.
Eileen Stevens is a voice-over actress living and working in New York City. Her voice can be heard on cartoons, promos, English as a Second Language programs, and audiobooks. She currently is the voice of Iris on "Pokemon "and a frequent audiobook narrator. In addition, she s directed and produced audiobooks for over six years. Stevens is also a graduate student in speech language pathology at Hunter College.
Joshua Swanson is a five-time "AudioFile" Earphones Award winner, including for "This Book Is Not Good for You" by Pseudonymous Bosch and "Testimony" by Anita Shreve. He has narrated over one hundred books since 2007 and was named a Best Voice of 2010 for his work in the young adult genre by "AudioFile" magazine.