Having been born and raised in the Bahamas, the LGBTQ+ family of Tara, Catherine, and their daughter Hazel were used to weathering hurricanes yearly. Even with their close connection to the ocean, they didn’t expect the monumental storm surge. When a massive category 5 hurricane slammed into their home, the family found themselves stranded inside their home as it rapidly filled up like a fishbowl, struggling to stay afloat for hours. With their five beloved dogs by their sides, the ocean and their fear threatened to drown them all. Eventually, with the flood reaching near ceiling height, terror drove them outside into the elements hoping to escape the onslaught.
When the family’s escape attempts fail, they are forced to return to their shrinking shelter and retreat to the attic to spend the next 24 hours in all-consuming darkness. As time ticked by slowly, the three anticipated the storm stealing the roof and them at any moment. There was a daring water rescue in the aftermath as dangerous conditions continued for almost three days. Following their near-death experience, Tara, Catherine, and Hazel had to contend with PTSD and an international move simultaneously.
Tara’s journey through talk therapy gave birth to retelling this incredible story on paper to come to terms with the trauma she and her family endured. Ultimately, those original shaky pages morphed over three years into the anxiety-driven narrative that a beta reader recently described as “filled with edge-of-the-seat moments, raw emotion and beautiful language.”
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