"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.
On April 8, 1935, the Emergency Relief Appropriation Act of 1935 was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Roosevelt and Harry Hopkins, the President's advisor, believed that an employment program such as the Works Progress Administration, set up under the act, would bring economic recovery to the country and result in less dependence on public assistance. The goal was to provide one paid job for any family in which the breadwinner had bee