Great Circle

Great Circle

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

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 fourteen 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, 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.

Title:Great Circle
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780525656975
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    Great Circle Reviews

  • Ceecee

    3.5 rounded up. This is an epic saga with central characters being aviator Marion Graves and her navigator Eddie Bloom who aim to fly in a great circle from pole to pole in 1950, Marion’s brother Ja...

  • Karen

    Wow! An amazing and epic novel that spans a century and the entire planet.This book is the story of Marian Graves who disappeared in 1950 while attempting a north-south circumnavigation of the earth.M...

  • JanB

    While a story about “the unforgettable story of a daredevil female aviator determined to chart her own course in life” sounded promising, if I had known the book was a 600 page brick, I would have...

  • Ron Charles

    Maggie Shipstead may have been flying below your radar, but it’s long past time you spot her.In 2012, she published “Seating Arrangements,” a smart romantic comedy about a WASPy wedding in New E...

  • Tina

    It saddens me but I am slowly learning to just put a book down if it does not resonate with me. I wanted to love this book as it was Jenna Bush Hager's Book of the Month for May. It is 600 pages and I...

  • Jenna Hager

    Now, more than ever, I love reading about women who chart their own course. As a mom of two little girls and a young boy, I believe it is important to highlight fictional and nonfictional stories of f...

  • Carolyn

    This is a sweeping saga about the life of a very singular and spirited woman and her quest to fly a great circle around the world from pole to pole. It's a big book, rich in detail, beautifully writte...

  • Elyse  Walters

    “Great Circle” tells the story of Marian Graves, a fictional female pilot who disappearedin 1950 while attempting an unprecedented north south circumnavigation of the earth. She had only one leg l...

  • Tammy

    Running moonshine, exhilarating flights, a bad marriage, and a search for the truth define this vivid novel. Don’t let the slowness of the first few chapters deter you. The rewards are many. Beginni...

  • Barbara

    4.5 stars: Generally, I shy away from tomes of 600 pages. How could I possibly be entertained with one story for that many pages? Conflicting feelings of my love for Maggie Shipstead’s previous two ...