Great Circle

May 4, 2021
Great Circle

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 daredevilfemale aviator determined to chart her own course in life, at anycost.After being rescued as infants from a sinking ocean liner in1914, Marian and Jamie Graves are raised by their dissolute unclein Missoula, Montana. There—after encountering a pair ofbarnstorming pilots passing through town in beat-up biplanes—Mariancommences her lifelong love affair with flight. At fourteen shedrops out of school and finds an unexpected and dangerous patron ina wealthy bootlegger who provides a plane and subsidizes herlessons, an arrangement that will haunt her for the rest of herlife, even as it allows her to fulfill her destiny:circumnavigating the globe by flying over the North and SouthPoles.A century later, Hadley Baxter is cast to play Marian in a filmthat centers on Marian's disappearance in Antarctica. Vibrant,canny, disgusted with the claustrophobia of Hollywood, Hadley iseager to redefine herself after a romantic film franchise hasimprisoned her in the grip of cult celebrity. Her immersion intothe character of Marian unfolds, thrillingly, alongside Marian'sown story, as the two women's fates—and their hunger forself-determination in vastly different geographies andtimes—collide. Epic and emotional, meticulously researched andgloriously told, Great Circle is a monumental work of art,and a tremendous leap forward for the prodigiously giftedMaggie Shipstead.