The Flying Circus

The Flying Circus

[a Novel]

Book - 2015
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From the bestselling and award-winning author of Whistling Past the Graveyard comes an adventure tale about two daredevils and a farm boy who embark on the journey of a lifetime across America's heartland in the Roaring Twenties.

Set in the rapidly changing world of 1920s America, this is a story of three people from very different backgrounds: Henry "Schuler" Jefferson, son of German immigrants from Midwestern farm country; Cora Rose Haviland, a young woman of privilege whose family has lost their fortune; and Charles "Gil" Gilchrist, an emotionally damaged WWI veteran pilot. Set adrift by life-altering circumstances, they find themselves bound together by need and torn apart by blind obsessions and conflicting goals. Each one holds a secret that, if exposed, would destroy their friendship. But their journey of adventure and self-discovery has a price--and one of them won't be able to survive it.

As they crisscross the heartland, exploring the rapidly expanding role of aviation from barnstorming to bootlegging, from a flying circus to the dangerous sport of air racing, the three companions form a makeshift family. It's a one-of-a-kind family, with members as adventurous as they are vulnerable, and as fascinating as they are flawed. But whatever adventure--worldly or private--they find themselves on, they're guaranteed to be a family you won't forget.
Publisher: New York : Gallery Books, 2015
ISBN: 9781476772141
Branch Call Number: FICTION CRA
Characteristics: 357 p. ; 24 cm.

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WijayaG
Aug 16, 2015

A quick read that touches on a large variety of topics, that will interest not only aviation enthusiasts. The story is well told, without getting bogged down by dry and technical details on aircraft.

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WijayaG
Aug 16, 2015

"Aviation... had gorwn from birth to landing on the moon in less than Henry's lifetime. But it wasn't the same anymore. Too many rules... [Cora] said flying had gotten so boring that she didn't know why anyone bothered anymore"

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