A Pearl in the Storm: How I Found My Heart in the Middle of the Ocean (Hardcover)
May 2009 Indie Next List
“Tori Murden McClure's account or rowing solo across the Atlantic Ocean is a compelling adventure story expertly interwoven with a wrenching and brutally honest account of the emotional ups and downs of her life. A Pearl in the Storm is a memoir that doesn't just recount a life -- it truly reveals the person who lived it.”
— Carol Besse, Carmichael's Bookstore, Louisville, KY
"If you want to be inspired, read this book. You won't stop till you've finished."
--Sena Jeter Naslund, author of Ahab's Wife
A Pearl in the Storm is the true story of Tori Murden McClure, the first woman to row solo across the Atlantic Ocean. McClure's memoir, subtitled, "How I Found My Heart in the Middle of the Ocean," is more than a woman-against-the-elements adventure tale; it is, in the words of actress Candice Bergen, "a story of courage, adventure, and personal discovery that will appeal to women and men of all ages." Beautiful, breathtaking, moving, and inspiring, A Pearl in the Storm will appeal to the millions of readers who made Eat, Pray, Love a resounding success.
“Tori Murden McClure is one of the most remarkable women I have ever met; her journey across the ocean is equal only to her journey of the heart. This is a story of courage, adventure, and personal discovery that will appeal to women--and men of all ages.”
“Unlike Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea, Tori Murden McClure’s true story of a woman and the sea and a boat named American Pearl is one of victory. If you want to be inspired, read this book. You won’t stop till you’ve finished.”
-Sena Jeter Naslund, author of Ahab's Wife
“For those six billion or so of us on planet Earth today who will never row across an ocean, this extraordinary narrative by one fellow human who did so transports us to places beautiful, haunting, daunting, terrifying, and uplifting.”
-Roy Hoffman, author of the novels Almost Family and Chicken Dreaming Corn
“In this fine book, Tori McClure generously gives us at the same time a wonderfully told adventure story and a moving account of a storm-wracked journey through self-discovery into healing. . . .”
-Charles Gaines, author of The Next Valley Over
“The reader of this book encounters a rare spirit whose courage is an inspiration.”
-Jill Ker Conway, author of The Road from Coorain