Grand Ambition: A Novel

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W. W. Norton & Company, Apr 1, 2002 - Fiction - 288 pages
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In Lisa Michaels's enthralling debut novel, she weaves the tale of two young newlyweds, Glen and Bessie Hyde, who set out in 1928 to run the rapids of the Grand Canyon. The pair hoped to set a record: Bessie would be the first woman to negotiate that treacherous stretch of the Colorado River. When they failed to appear at their destination on time, Glen's father mounted a desperate search to find them. Based on the few known facts of a true story, Grand Ambition contemplates our need for risk and danger, and treats with great complexity the power of youthful passion. Reading Group Guide included.
 

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User Review  - SeriousGrace - LibraryThing

The year is 1928. America is spellbound by adventurous feats like the one of Charles Lindbergh's first transatlantic flight. Amelia Earhart is in the news with her own daring flight. It's only natural ... Read full review

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Grand Ambition is a fictionalized account of a true adventure and mystery, Glen and Bessie Hyde's attempt to run the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon on a homemade flat-bottomed, wooden boat ... Read full review

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Contents

Reith Hyde
3
Glen and Bessie Hyde
7
Reith Hyde
23
Glen and Bessie Hyde
27
Reith Hyde
55
Glen and Bessie Hyde
59
Reith Hyde
89
Glen and Bessie Hyde
95
Reith Hyde
174
Glen and Bessie Hyde
177
Reith Hyde
209
Glen and Bessie Hyde
212
Reith Hyde
230
Glen and Bessie Hyde
233
Reith Hyde
254
Glen and Bessie Hyde
259

Reitn Hyde
122
Glen and Bessie Hyde
127
Reith Hyde
153
Glen and Bessie Hyde
155
Reith Hyde
263
Authors Note and Acknowledgments
273
GRAND AMBITION
277
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About the author (2002)

Lisa Michaels is an award-winning poet and contributing editor at The Threepenny Review. Her memoir Split was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. She lives in Northern California.

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