Architect-turned-author Charlotte Rogan made waves on the literary scene with the publication ofThe Lifeboat, a tense and haunting survival story set at sea at the outset of World War I. Stranded on an overcrowded lifeboat with few provisions and little chance of immediate rescue, survivors of the mysterious sinking of an ocean liner grapple with life-and-death decisions. Rogan’s debut hit numerous bestseller lists and put Rogan in contention for several major literary awards. The Lifeboat has been translated into more than 25 languages, and is currently being adapted into a major motion picture produced by and starring Anne Hathaway. Rogan’s second novel, Now and Again, hit shelves in April. Hailed by The Huffington Post as “just as harrowing, and even more complex,” it centers on an unassuming secretary who stumbles across proof of a massive corporate conspiracy.
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