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Sep 28

Crossing the Horizon by Laurie Notaro

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I received this book as part of my involvement with NetGalley.  All thoughts are my own.  This post contains affiliate links.

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Crossing the Horizon
by Laurie Notaro
Women’s Fiction, General Fiction (Adult)

 

Description:

Soar back to the fearless 1920s with #1 New York Times bestselling writer Laurie Notaro—beloved author of The Idiot Girls’ Action Adventure Club—in a stunning historical novel that tells the true, little-known story of three aviatrixes in a race to be the first woman to fly across the Atlantic.

Ten thousand feet in the sky, flipping and twirling through the air, aviatrixes from London to Paris to New York—fueled by determination and courage—have their eyes on the century’s biggest prize. The year is 1927, and Amelia Earhart has not yet made her record-breaking cross-Atlantic flight. Who will follow in Charles Lindbergh’s footsteps and make her own history?

Three women’s names are splashed daily across the front page: Elsie Mackay, daughter of an Earl, is the first Englishwoman to get her pilot’s license. Mabel Boll, a glamorous society darling and former cigar girl, is ardent to make the historic flight. Beauty pageant contestant Ruth Elder uses her winnings for flying lessons and becomes the preeminent American girl of the sky.

Inspired by true events and real people, Notaro vividly evokes this exciting time as her determined heroines vie for the record. Through striking photos, meticulous research, and atmospheric prose, Notaro brings Elsie, Mabel, and Ruth to life, pulling us back in time as the pilots collide, struggle, and literally crash in the chase for fame and a place in aviation history.

 

My review:

I’ve always been a fan of Laurie Notaro’s non-fiction humor.  This is not her first fictional work but it is far different from that piece.  I also want to point out that I didn’t really “feel” Notaro in this work.  While I did enjoy it, don’t come looking for that same type of humor here.

As I said, I did like the book.  I always like when historical fiction is based heavily on fact, and follows the actual timeline of events taking place.  I never knew that so many women were working so hard to become the first woman to cross the Atlantic Ocean.  I can’t even think what kind of achievement in our modern age would compare, but there was such a fervor about it as the attempts were taking place.  I think it all helped further the idea that women deserved to be able to vote and were just as able as men in all areas of life.

That being said, it took me a long time to get into this book.  I was just about to give up at one point but pushed on.  If it had not been a book by an author I admire so much, I probably would have given up.  But I am glad I kept going because the second half of the book quickly picks up speed and is very exciting.  I also appreciated the photos scattered throughout, to show us how the aviatrixes looked.  I was somewhat surprised to see how Mabel Boll really appeared, as Notaro had me thinking of her as a vixen like Marilyn Monroe.  Though I did have to reshape how I viewed each character in my head, I did like having these photos.

Crossing the Horizon will be released on 10/4/16.  You can pick it up then from one of your favorite book sellers, like Amazon.  If you want to learn more about Laurie Notaro, I urge you to visit her website: http://www.idiotgirls.com/Site/contents.html. She’s also lots of fun on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/laurie.notaro/

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