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Great Circle

An unforgettable story of a daredevil female aviator determined to chart her own course in life, at any cost, GREAT CIRCLE spans Prohibition-era Montana, the Pacific Northwest, Alaska, New Zealand, wartime London and modern-day Los Angeles.

After being rescued as infants from a sinking ocean liner in 1914, Marian and Jamie Graves are raised by their dissolute uncle in Missoula, Montana. There --- after encountering a pair of barnstorming pilots passing through town in beat-up biplanes --- Marian commences her lifelong love affair with flight. At 14 she drops out of school and finds an unexpected and dangerous patron in a wealthy bootlegger who provides a plane and subsidizes her lessons, an arrangement that will haunt her for the rest of her life, even as it allows her to fulfill her destiny: circumnavigating the globe by flying over the North and South Poles.

A century later, Hadley Baxter is cast to play Marian in a film that centers on Marian's disappearance in Antarctica. Vibrant, canny and disgusted with the claustrophobia of Hollywood, Hadley is eager to redefine herself after a romantic film franchise has imprisoned her in the grip of cult celebrity. Her immersion into the character of Marian unfolds, thrillingly, alongside Marian's own story, as the two women's fates --- and their hunger for self-determination in vastly different geographies and times --- collide.

Epic and emotional, meticulously researched and gloriously told, GREAT CIRCLE is a monumental work of art, and a tremendous leap forward for the prodigiously gifted Maggie Shipstead.

Audiobook available, read by Cassandra Campbell and Alex McKenna

Great Circle
by Maggie Shipstead

  • Publication Date: April 5, 2022
  • Genres: Fiction, Historical Fiction
  • Paperback: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage
  • ISBN-10: 1984897705
  • ISBN-13: 9781984897701