Come into the Water: A Survivor's Story

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At approximately 10:25 p.m., I drowned. Heavy rain and flooding burst through and filled the canyon walls surrounding my family home. My mother, my father, and my brother would drown that night, too. I was swept away and landed on a rooftop, the only survivor. This is my story. Rapid City, South Dakota,June 9, 1972. A young woman clings to a roof, desperately holding on to the vestiges of life. Meanwhile, surging waters sweep away everything and everyone she loves. Rescued from the rooftop, Merlyn sets out to find answers to why she survived the flood and her family did not. Her search takes her on a journey around the world in an attempt to escape the pain and the memories. From within this fractured fairy tale, she begins a poignant spiritual journey that will help her make sense of one horrendous night.

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Merlyn Magner was born in Flint, Michigan in 1952. At the age of seven she and her family moved to Rapid City, South Dakota, where her father worked in broadcasting. Magner graduated from Stevens High School in 1970. She received her degree in Humanities and Art History from West Los Angeles College before working in the corporate travel industry. She returned home to the Black Hills in the winter of 2007 and began work on this, her first book. She currently resides in the Ozark Mountains.

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Merlyn Magner s book is a fascinating personal quest for the inner life of a woman traumatized and awakened by the destructive Rapid City flood of 1972. The author s story is one few people could write. It is a self-searching jewel. --Senator George McGovern

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