Alone: Orphaned on the Ocean

Narrated by:
Jo Anna Perrin , Johnny Heller
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Release Date
June 2010
5 hours 30 minutes
A tanker steaming through the deep Northwest Providence Channel of the Bahamas comes across a shocking sight: a lone dinghy carrying Captain Julian Harvey and the body of a young girl. They are all that remain of the ketch Bluebelle, a handsome sixty-foot sailing yacht chartered by the Duperrault family of Green Bay, Wisconsin. But their happy family vacation went terribly wrong when, according to Harvey, a violent and unexpected squall smashed the giant main mast, killed Harvey's wife and the others, and sank the boat. Harvey found the child floating dead and, as far as he knows, he is the only survivor. Or is he?

Four days later, just as Captain Harvey is testifying at a Coast Guard hearing about the tragic accident, amazing news of another survivor arrives. Eleven-year-old Terry Jo Duperrault has been found barely alive on a flimsy cork-and-canvas float with no food or water. Harvey takes the news calmly, finishes his testimony, and commit bloody suicide.

This is the chillingly detailed inside story of what really happened during that trip and the decades-long courage of the sole survivor of a murderous crime.
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Carmel Sileo

This is a remarkable account of a story I'm surprised isn't better known. Terre's survival through horror, loss and fear is inspiring, and her lifelong fight to create a happy ending for herself is more gripping than any movie. This story actually made me think it might have inspired Life of Pi; what Terre went through reminded me of the "second story" in that novel and film.

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Silke K.

I so enjoyed this book. A fascinating and deeply moving book. I loved yhe details- especially the part about the rescue. Glad you found your feet in life Terry. I googled pictures of your raft - you are stronger than any sea creature. Than you for writing your book.

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