Echose from the Alum Chine by Cynthia Strauff
On March 7, 1913, the steamer Alum Chine explodes in the Baltimore harbor. Charles Sherwood, the founder of the company that insures the steamer, is among the first to hear the blast. While he attempts to cope with the consequences that include his son’s diffidence to the calamity, the disaster touches two other families.
Helen Aylesforth is the imperious matriarch whose stern demeanor belies her love for those around her, including her daughter, Cantata, who is married to Nicholas Sherwood.
The Corporals, who live in the alley house, have served the Aylesforths for generations. Their six-member family includes Randolph, the tender and affectionate stevedore, Arbutus, his ambitious wife, Wanderer, the bright star of the family, and Lillian Gish, the shy, forgotten observer.
Echoes from the Alum Chine shares the tale of these three families who persevere to transform tragedy into triumph during the early 1900s.
Cynthia Strauff is the recipient of numerous prizes and awards for her poetry and prose. She is the author of Another Sunday, a story of historic Baltimore. A native of Baltimore, she holds graduate degrees from The Johns Hopkins University and the University of Chicago. Cynthia lives in North Carolina with her husband, Dick Schaub.
Echoes from the Alum Chine is her second novel: www.cynthiastrauff.com.