"love and suspense, hardship and endurance, all woven into the tragedy of the city's flood"
Louisville, Ky., January, 1937
A new year begins with the hope that the city is leaving behind the desperate days of the Depression -- until a record flood forces two-thirds of its citizens from their homes.
Miranda Kinley doesn't want to evacuate. She doesn't want to leave her home, her haven from the world. But when she is surrounded by floodwater, her husband missing, and her best friend's young daughter in her care, she may not have a choice.
Blended with humor and mystery, this dramatic tale follows a young couple -- torn between his desire for a family and her doubt that she’d make a good mother -- as their lives, and the lives of their neighbors, are forever changed by a devastating flood.
Louisvillians have never let the Ohio River keep them from crossing over to Indiana, whether by boat or bridge or even by swimming. Today, many travel easily back and forth across the river for employment, education, housing, and entertainment opportunities. But in January of 1937, the rise of the Ohio River due to the Great Flood made it risky to travel between Louisville and southern Indiana. Four bridges served the area at the time. The oldest of the bridges, the Pennsylva
In 1937, Louisvillians had a choice of four stations they could pick up on their radios. Two local, WHAS and WAVE, and two out-of-town, WSM in Nashville and WLW in Cincinnati. The stations signed on at 6am and signed off at midnight. The morning might start with Grand Ole Opry stars like The Delmore Brothers or hillbilly musicians like the Hank Keene Radio Gang. Or with Dr. John Holland's Morning Devotion or B.R. Lakin's Family Prayer Period. Throughout the day, a person coul