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The Johnstown Girls
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Ellen Emerson may be the last living survivor of the Johnstown flood. She was only four years old on May 31, 1889, when twenty million tons of water decimated her hometown of Johnstown, PA. Thousands perished in what was the worst natural disaster in U.S. history at the time. As we witness in Kathleen George’s new novel, The Johnstown Girls, the flood not only changed the course of history, but also the individual lives of those who survived it. A century later, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reporters Ben and Nina set out to interview one hundred and four year-old Ellen for Ben’s feature article on the flood. When asked the secret to her longevity, Ellen simply attributes it to “restlessness.” As we see, that restlessness is fueled by Ellen’s innate belief that her twin sister Mary, who went missing in the flood, is somehow still alive. Her story intrigues Ben, but haunts Nina, who is determined to help Ellen find her missing half. Author Kathleen George masterfully blends a factual history of the Johnstown flood into her heartrending tale of twin sisters who have never known the truth about that fateful day in 1889—a day that would send their lives hurtling down different paths. The Johnstown Girls is a remarkable story of perseverance, hard work, and never giving up hope in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds. It’s also a tribute to the determination and indomitable spirit of the people of Johnstown through one hundred years, three generations, and three different floods.

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page, Disclaimer, Copyright Page, Dedication
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-ix
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  1. Photo
  2. p. x
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  1. Chapter 1. Nina: Saturday April 15, 1989
  2. pp. 1-28
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  1. Chapter 2. Sunday, April 16, 1989
  2. pp. 29-60
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  1. Chapter 3. Monday, April 17, 1989
  2. pp. 61-108
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  1. Chapter 4. Tuesday, April 18-Saturday, April 22, 1989
  2. pp. 109-120
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  1. Chapter 5. Monday, April 24, 1989
  2. pp. 121-128
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  1. Chapter 6. Ellen and Anna: Autumn 1907
  2. pp. 129-178
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  1. Chapter 7. Saturday, April 29-Sunday, April 30, 1989
  2. pp. 179-200
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  1. Chapter 8. Monday, May 1, 1989
  2. pp. 201-218
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  1. Chapter 9. Ellen: August 26, 1950
  2. pp. 219-224
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  1. Chapter 10. Tuesday, May 2-Friday, May 5, 1989
  2. pp. 225-250
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  1. Chapter 11. Saturday, May 6-Sunday May, 7, 1989
  2. pp. 251-268
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  1. Chapter 12. Monday, May 8, 1989
  2. pp. 269-286
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  1. Chapter 13. Anna and Ellen: July 1925
  2. pp. 287-294
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  1. Chapter 14. Tuesday, May 9–Friday, May 12, 1989
  2. pp. 295-312
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  1. Chapter 15. Saturday, May 13-Sunday, May 14, 1989
  2. pp. 313-332
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  1. Chapter 16. Wednesday, May 31, 1989
  2. pp. 333-335
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  1. Photo
  2. p. 336
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  1. Selected Recommendations for Further Reading and Viewing
  2. pp. 337-338
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