This story is not a memoir about great successes—of which Ms. McClure has many. Instead, the bulk of her inspiring story focuses on her first failed attempt to row across the Atlantic Ocean alone. After being rescued from the middle of the worst hurricane season in the North Atlantic, McClure must deal with the self-imposed disgrace tied to her failed attempt. She is forced to embrace her own vulnerability.
To get a sense for what the conditions were like on her first attempt, I invite you to view the emotional video below:
After meeting Muhammad Ali—and being told that she does not want to be known as the woman who “almost” rowed across the Atlantic Ocean—she decides to shake off the weight of failure and attempt her great feat again. With her characteristic wry sense of humor, she explores her interaction with failure—and how she responded and ultimately overcame it.
The common reading committee at Bowling Green State University perhaps puts this book into context best, noting that "A Pearl in the Storm is not only about McClure's trips across the Atlantic but also about her path to knowing herself—and about the kinds of battles that all humans deal with during their lifetimes."
If you haven't had a chance to read A Pearl in the Storm yet, now's your chance; dive in with the book's "Browse Inside!"