Maiden Voyage

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Bantam Books, May 5, 1997 - Fiction - 240 pages
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In 1912 the "Titanic was the largest, fastest, and most lavish man-made object on earth--the elegant and invincible consummation of the Industrial Age. An international flurry of wonder and gaiety launched its ill-fated voyage from London to New York. For one boy, however, it would be a voyage of crisis and discovery.

Torn between the worlds of his estranged parents--the activism of his suffragist mother and the social frenzy of his bohemian father--Sumner aspires to both, longing desperately for manhood, poetry and heroism. On his own for the "Titanic's fateful crossing, the boy finds himself drawn to two very different passengers: the fiery young feminist Ivy Earnshaw and handsome, sophisticated Pierce Andrews, aviator and cynic. In the harrowing last moments of the giant, doomed ship, the three young people find themselves joined in a devastating and intimate dance with death no reader will forget.

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

In a radical shift from the time and temperament of her debut, Sherman's March (1994), Bass here tackles the Titanic disaster from an unusual angle—one that alternates between being riveting and ... Read full review

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Sumner Jordan is almost 13 years old when he embarks on a trip to London. The highlight of the trip is his return voyage to America on the brand-new, highly touted ship the Titanic. This coming-of-age ... Read full review


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Bass was born in Washington, D.C., grew up in Anaheim, and attended the University of California at Berkeley, where she studied history and English.

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