Big Water

Big Water

By Andrea Curtis

*Coming out MARCH 2018

Inspired by the true story of one of the worst shipwrecks in the history of the Great Lakes, Big Water is a tale of survival, loss and love. When the passenger boat they are on sinks in a terrible fall storm, two 17-year-olds find themselves the only survivors. Adrift in a lifeboat full of corpses, Christina and Daniel must find a way to help one another if they both want to live.

*young adult fiction 12+

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“A riveting story of survival, friendship, and the power of the human spirit.”
—Caroline Pignat, Governor General’s Award–winning author

“Curtis’ choice of the present tense brings immediacy, allowing readers to feel that they are going through the ordeal hand in hand with Christina. Presenting the story through Christina’s stream-of-consciousness brings the story “up close and personal” and allows readers to share Christina’s thoughts, fears and memories as they occur to her.”
*Recommended —Ruth Latta, CM Magazine

Christy Ann Morrison was the only female survivor of the wreck of the Asia. She posed for this photo in a Toronto studio.

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Discover the S.S. Asia

If you’d like to read more about the real life shipwreck that inspired Big Water, you’ll find information, links and resources below.

The steamboat Asia  sank in September 1882  (image from a postcard)

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Why did you write this book?

After I finished researching, writing and promoting my first book, Into the Blue: Family Secrets and the Search for a Great Lakes Shipwreck, I swore I’d never write about shipwrecks again. I’d worked for several years on the book and felt I’d exhausted my interest. But one story from my research stayed with me. It was the tragic tale of the S.S. Asia, one of the worst disasters in the history of the Great Lakes, with more than 100 people lost and only two survivors: a teenage boy and girl.

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I recently co-wrote a song about a shipwreck with the singer/songwriter Tim Magwood. The song is called “Metamora,” and it’s named after a shipwreck from 1906 that rests on a rock in the middle of a wide inlet along Georgian Bay’s eastern shore.

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