On Good Friday 1964, the earth beneath Anchorage began to rock and roll with the biggest earthquake yet in North America at 9.2. A wife, mother, and news reporter was about to have her seminal moment. Her sign-on to local radio channel, KENI, was, “This is Chance.” Her name was Genie Chance.
I’ve lived through many earthquakes living my entire life in and near Los Angeles. The chapter describing the earthquake was spot on. It matches the shock and awe a person feels well before the fear sets in. I can’t forget the 1971 Sylmar quake where I watched the roof of a large grocery store fall inward along with the large neon sign on top. I was only a child but no one forgets something so dramatic. Ever.
The aftermath, where things formerly important were suddenly not, is as accurate for earthquakes as it is for pandemics. If you want to feel better in our world of uncertainty—even with a dread of the future—This is Chance will help. After Anchorage rebuilt, it was better than ever. All because of its courageous people like Genie Chance. 4 stars!
Thanks to Random House and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.