A Pearl in the Storm: How I Found My Heart in the Middle of the Ocean

By Tori Murden McClure

"In the top, i do know I rowed around the Atlantic to discover my center, yet firstly, I wasn't conscious that it was once missing."

In June 1998, Tori McClure all started rowing around the Atlantic Ocean solo in a twenty-three-foot plywood boat without motor or sail. inside days she misplaced all communique with shore yet made up our minds to forge forward -- no longer realizing that 1998 might turn into the worst typhoon season on list within the North Atlantic. whilst she used to be approximately killed via a chain of violent storms, Tori used to be pressured to sign for aid and head domestic in what felt like shame. yet then her existence replaced in unforeseen methods. She used to be employed by way of Muhammad Ali, who advised her she didn't want to be often called the girl who "almost" rowed around the Atlantic. And at thirty-five, Tori fell in love.

A Pearl within the Storm is Tori's exciting precise tale of excessive event -- and of her own quest to find that embracing her personal humanity used to be extra vital than superhuman feats.

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