On 19 April 1997, in one of the most dramatic floods in US history, more than 50,000 people abandoned their homes and businesses in Grand Forks, North Dakota. A nation watched as the heart of downtown, engulfed by a river, burst into flames above the waterline. Like Sebastian Junger's 'The Perfect Storm', this book is a compelling true-life narrative about the confluence of natural forces and human error that shaped one of the greatest natural disasters in US history. Through the powerful stories of memorable individuals the book gives us a new perspective on disaster and community.
Ashley Shelby recieved a degree in journalism from Indiana University and a Masters of Fine Arts in non-fiction writing from Columbia University. Her fiction has been awarded the William Faulkner Short Fiction Award. Shelby grew up in Minneapolis and now lives in New York, where she works in publishing and is the co-curator of the KGB Bar Nonfiction Reading Series.