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In her profoundly moving first novel, THE SEED KEEPER, Diane Wilson tells the story of Rosalie Iron Wing and her family’s struggle to preserve their cultural heritage. Flashing back and forth in time from Rosalie’s present day, to her early childhood, to the lives of her ancestors, Wilson reveals the devastation wreaked by white settlers on the family’s way of life.

Abandoned by her mother at the age of four, and orphaned at the age of twelve after her father’s death, Rosalie was sent to live with a white foster family, where her soul withered as her native beliefs and practices were disparaged. When a white farmer asks her to marry him, Rosalie is hesitant – her father had warned her about such unions, but Rosalie had few options and John seemed to mirror her own sense of loneliness. At eighteen, she knows little of her family or her cultural heritage.

As the book opens, Rosalie, recently widowed, returns to the cabin from which she was taken as a child.  She is broken. Her husband is dead, and she is estranged from their only child, a son, who wishes to continue the farming practices that most likely contributed to the death of his father. At the cabin, Rosalie comes slowly back to life, nurtured by the woods, the river, and her childhood memories, as well as the kindness of a neighbor.

Woven throughout, are chapters told from the perspective of Rosalie’s ancestors who had been stripped of their land and their way of life – Marie Blackbird and her family were scattered when the fighting broke out in 1862, hiding from soldiers who were rounding up the men and imprisoning them, stealing their dried meat and trampling their carefully planted gardens of beans and corn. The women, recognizing that their future depended on their store of seeds, carried them sewn into their skirt hems into the future.

These stories, juxtaposed against Rosalie’s, as she witnesses the destructive farming practices on her husband’s farm and the harm it causes to the environment and the people who currently live on the land, hone the story’s message: the imperative to return to more sustainable practices, and to a place of reverence and respect for the land, the plants, the animals, and the lives that depend upon them.

In her Author’s Note, Diane Wilson writes that the book was inspired by a story she’d heard while participating in the Dakhota Commemorative March, a 150 mile walk to honor the Dakhota people who were forcibly removed from Minnesota in 1863, in the aftermath of the US-Dakhota War. The women on that original march had little time to prepare for their removal, but knew they would have to find a way to feed their families in whatever place they were being sent, so they sewed seeds into the hems of their skirts and hid more in their pockets.

“The strength these women demonstrated, the profound love they showed for their children, and their willingness to make sacrifices so the people would survive became the heart of this book.” She writes, “These women are the reason why we have Dakhota corn today.”

THE SEED KEEPERS is a lyrical love song written for those Dakhota women. I highly recommend it for fans of Robin Wall Kimmerer’s BRAIDING SWEETGRASS.

This is Lin Salisbury with Superior Reviews. Listen to my interview with Diane Wilson on Superior Reads this September and register to take a class with Diane at the Grand Marais Art Colony in November.

Peter Heller, best-selling author of THE RIVER is back with a gripping eco-action adventure, THE GUIDE, featuring protagonist Jack from his previous novel. Jack comes to Kingfisher Lodge as a fishing guide to recover from a recent loss. The lodge is nestled in a canyon on a pristine river and serves an elite clientele. Jack is assigned to guide Alison, a famous singer who knows how to cast a line. But soon after his arrival, he realizes that there is more going on at the lodge than fishing.

Heller’s lyrical prose reveals an author who knows how to fish, keeping the storyline taut at times, and letting it run as the action plays out and the secret of Kingfisher Lodge is revealed.

This passage illustrates the author’s appreciation for the natural world and the symbolism and symmetry imbued throughout the novel:

“. . . the fish caught her second wind, if she’d ever lost the first. Jack had begun to think of her as female, because to fight this hard she must have been full of roe and protecting her eggs. The riffle was not long and the trout lunged up it and swam into the quiet pool at the top, right at the edge of the meadow. Then, with must have been the last shreds of her strength she fought the pull and went deep and stopped . . . Few humans had this much heart. Jack could not have measured his admiration. He loved the fish right then as much as anything in the world.”

The natural beauty depicted in THE GUIDE is a sharp contrast to the depravity of the characters who run the Lodge. The time period is post pandemic, although new strains continue to emerge. And while the lodge doesn’t restrict Jack and Alison from going into town, they keep a close eye on them when they venture out. More troubling are the signs that warn guests and guides to keep off of the property next door, where Jack finds a boot buried in the brush.

Heller has a heart for his two main characters – Jack is a complex character who finds solace in the woods and the water. Alison, in spite of her fame, is fierce and funny and not afraid to get her hands dirty – whether catching fish or criminals. The pacing ratchets up the last third of the book, as Jack and Alison discover the mystery of the property adjacent to the lodge.

I would describe THE GUIDE as a mash up of A River Runs Through It and Deliverance. If you love trout fishing, heart-stopping action, engaging characters, and mystery, THE GUIDE is the book for you.

This is Lin Salisbury with Superior Reviews. Listen to my interview with Peter Heller on August 26 at 7:00 pm and August 28 at 6:00 am on WTIP, 90.7 Grand Marais, and on the web and wtip.org.

THERE’S A REVOLUTION OUTSIDE, MY LOVE should be essential reading for all Americans. Edited by Tracy Smith and John Freeman, the anthology gives us a glimpse into the beating heart of some of our most esteemed writers during a time of great unrest. Tracy Smith likens the Summer of 2020 to the Freedom Summer of 1964. In 2021, there is still a battle to ensure the voting rights of black Americans. Though the murder of George Floyd caused many white Americans to acknowledge that the reign of white supremacy must end, many are floundering with what action to take. Others, zealously holding onto their power will do anything, it seems, to continue disenfranchising people of color.

The stories, poems, essays, and letters in this collection are a battle cry — beaten down by a pandemic, police brutality, political divisiveness, and an armed insurrection – the writers question whether America has the stuff it takes to make the changes required. “As long as socio-racial segregation and discrimination persist, and as long as the presence of the state is limited to the increasingly armed police force, then neither the biggest smile nor the use of any hollow expressions of “American Nice” is going to remedy what for a very long time most people of color have lived as a daily experience of injustice in this country,” writes Sofian Merabet.

Drawing its title from a letter to her son by journalist Kirsten West Savali, the book includes writing by Edwidge Danticat, Layli Long Soldier, Julia Alvarez, and Minnesota’s own Su Hwang and Michael Kleber Diggs.

It’s been a year since George Floyd’s murder, and Michael Kleber Diggs laments:
“I wonder if I can love my white friends without being candid with them. I wonder if they can love me if I hold them at a distance, if race and racism function as a veneer, a layer between us obscuring any substance underneath. When I don’t answer fully, am I not saying I don’t trust you to do anything about it? What I wanted to say and didn’t say was this: “I’m fine today, the hard part will begin soon. The hard part for me starts when things get comfortable for you again. The hard part begins the day you return to your normal routines.”

As Su Hwang points out in her essay in the anthology:
“Many are claiming this an ‘inflection point’ in American history, myself included, but the more I think about it, the less this sentiment holds water. Inflection implies singularity, of one musculature or a single stream of consciousness, when there have been multiple inflections since the looting of this land from Native Americans to the founding of the country on the backs of Black lives. I believe we are at a point of convergence. Convergence denotes multiplicity and cumulativeness – a cacophony of voices and perspectives. In this semantic distinction, we honor the lingering ghosts of all our ancestors. We can no longer afford to pivot from one point to another and call it progress or justice; the weight of our collective histories can no longer support these blatant disparities between what is deemed progress and justice versus the lived realities of marginalized peoples. What we’re seeing and experiencing is a cavalcade of centuries of protest, of deaths and rebirths, the final heave for human decency for all.”

A revolution implies a sudden and complete change in something, but it also can be defined as a cycling of events. The murders of Daunte Wright, Rayshard Brooks, Daniel Prude, Breonna Taylor, Stephon Clark, Philando Castille, Alton Sterling, George Floyd, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, Michael Brown and on and on – are a seemingly endless cycle of violence against people of color in this country.

“If there is unrest in America today,” Tracy Smith writes in the preface, “It is not because we cannot agree upon a definition of racism, as many who have argued against antiracist policies have suggested, but rather because power – especially contested power – will go to nearly any lengths to confuse, distort and render muddily abstract terms that, when power is not called into question, remain as legible and distinct as black and white.”

I recommend There’s a Revolution Outside, My Love for all Americans. This is Lin Salisbury with Superior Reviews.

Mary Casanova is the author of thirty-nine books — most of which have been written for young readers. Waterfall is her third adult novel set on Rainy Lake in northern Minnesota. Waterfall is the story of Trinity Baird who has recently returned to the family’s summer home after nearly two years at Oak Hills Asylum, where she was committed for hysteria. The year is 1922, women have just gotten the vote, and Trinity is a young woman struggling to assert her independence in a society that defines respectable women within the narrow confines of marriage and motherhood. Trinity is a gifted artist and wishes to continue her studies in Paris, a privilege afforded only through her family’s wealth and generosity. Walking a fine line between pleasing her family and living an authentic life, Trinity gradually grows strong enough to speak her truth.

Mary Casanova shines a dim light upon the early treatment of mental illness, the infantilization of women in the early twentieth century, and drug addiction in the privileged class. Though heavy subjects, the novel treats all these things with a light hand, so readers who prefer their historical fiction to be unburdened by the darker aspects of the early twentieth century, should still find WATERFALL appealing. The story of resilience and resistance as told through Trinity’s experience may also appeal to teen readers.

BRAIDING SWEETGRASS, INDIGENOUS WISDOM, SCIENTIFIC KNOWLEDGE, AND THE TEACHINGS OF PLANTS BY Robin Wall Kimmerer may be one of the most important books I’ve ever read, and though so many of you have already read it, I thought I would add my voice to the chorus of readers singing its praises. Milkweed has just issued a second hardcover edition with a stamped linen cover, deckled edges, and five beautiful illustrations by artist Nate Christopherson.

One of the most profound takeaways for me came from the chapter on making a black ash basket. In a class taught by John Pigeon, a member of the renowned Pigeon family of Potawatomi basket makers. In John’s class, the class does not assemble a basket from ready made splints, they go out into the woods and find their tree – recognizing that the tree is a living thing — and asking its permission to harvest it. “Traditional harvesters recognize the individuality of each tree as a person, a nonhuman forest person.” This passage, illustrates the responsibility of humans to the natural world:

“ . . . every once in a while, with a basket in hand, or a peach or a pencil, there is that moment when the mind and spirit open to all the connections, to all the lives and our responsibility to use them well. And just in that moment, I can hear John Pigeon say, ‘Slow down – it’s thirty years of a tree’s life you’ve got in your hands there. Don’t you owe it a few minutes to think about what you’ll do with it?’”

Throughout Kimmerer’s work, the symbiotic relationships between all living things are ever present. A mindful approach to the relationships between humans, plants, and animals and their interdependence upon each other are foundational to her understanding and teaching of biology – and living.

I wonder when and how our relationships to the land, animals, and plants were severed to the point in which we considered them other? Was it in the industrial age? When we no longer had a connection to the hunting and gathering aspects of our food sources? And is this process something that barreled down a continuum to when we were able to consider other humans, different from ourselves, as others, separate from our humanity in the way we saw the humanity of plants and animals separate from our own human existence?

Kimmerer writes lyrically, with the heart and eye of a poet, and the mind of a botanist. BRAIDING SWEETGRASS should be required reading. How do we get back the connections we have lost? Whatever it takes, I feel as though Robin Wall Kimmerer’s BRAIDING SWEETGRASS will be an element in that confluence, that coming together again, for me. The problem and the solution both laid out before us in this beautiful collection.

While reading BRAIDING SWEETGRASS, I wondered how different our world might be with a Native American Secretary of the Interior. Instead of looking to profit margins of large corporations, might we look also at our responsibility to care for the land, the animals and plants and humans who live there? Might we slow down and in the words of John Pigeon, consider the life that exists in a place and what we should do with it? In her poetic voice, Kimmerer writes that overdevelopment and overconsumption, are destroying the planet.

“People often ask me what one thing I would recommend to restore relationship between land and people,” Kimmerer writes, “My answer is almost always ‘Plant a garden.’ It’s good for the health of the earth and it’s good for the health of people. A garden is a nursery for nurturing connection, the soil for cultivation of practical reverence . . . once you develop a relationship with a little patch of earth, it becomes a seed itself. Something essential happens in a vegetable garden. It’s a place where if you can’t say ‘I love you’ out loud, you can say it in seeds. And the land will reciprocate, in beans.”

Dear Reader, pick up a copy of Braiding Sweetgrass and then . . . go plant a garden.

This is Lin Salisbury with Superior Reviews. Listen to my author interviews on 90.7 WTIP Grand Marais or stream them from the web at www.wtip.org the fourth Wednesday of every month at 7:00 pm.

Kathleen West, author of MINOR DRAMAS AND OTHER CATASTROPHES is back with a rollick through teenage angst and twenty-first century parenting in ARE WE THERE YET?

Alice Sullivan has it all – two perfect children, a handsome and successful husband, and a booming interior design business – until suddenly, she doesn’t. In a conflagration of events, Alice learns that her second grade daughter, Adrian, is reading below grade level, her seventh grade son, Teddy, has been suspended for bullying another student, and her job is on the line as she ricochets between parent/teacher conferences and meetings with the principal. Alice’s husband, Patrick, is away on business all week long and only home on the weekends, but her mother Evelyn, a child psychologist, is on hand with advice and unfortunately, a long-held secret that threatens to further unravel Alice’s carefully curated life.

The crisis with Teddy upends her relationships with Nadia and Meredith, her best friends since their children began kindergarten together. Alice had always considered Nadia the bad parent in the threesome, since her son Donovan began displaying antisocial behavior early in elementary school. Meredith was the parenting expert, holding up her daughter Sadie’s good grades and talent like trophies. Like most pre-teens, Teddy and Sadie were on social media to stay connected to their friends – Instagram and Snapchat their preferred platforms – and like most of their friends they had Finstas – fake Instagram accounts so that their parents wouldn’t find any damning evidence when checking up on them. All of that was about to change.

Teddy’s suspension is the focal point du jour and Meredith is quick to judge while Nadia feels she has a new compatriot, until Sadie’s own impulsivity takes the stage.

Just when it seems it can’t get worse, Alice’s boss starts undercutting her at work and her mother Evelyn announces that she’s reunited with a daughter she gave up for adoption — a psychologist with two untainted children. Evelyn hopes that her daughters will be as close as sisters, but Alice is having none of it.

If you’re a parent, the teen’s choices will make you wince and the rivalry between Alice, Nadia, and Meredith will be uncomfortably familiar. Nonetheless, under West’s careful hand, you’ll be able to laugh while you cry.

I recommend ARE WE THERE YET for fans of Maria Semple, Jennifer Weiner, and Emily Giffin.
This is Lin Salisbury with Superior Reviews.

THE FOUR WINDS by Kristin Hannah is the story of one family’s desperate attempt to survive the Dust Bowl in the midst of overwhelming odds.  

Elsa Martinelli has not had an easy life – rejected as a child, and later as an adult, she finds solace and acceptance from Rosa and Tony Martinelli, her husband Rafe’s parents. As the Depression leads into the Dust Bowl of the 1930’s, Elsa, Rosa, and Tony fight to save the family farm in the Texas panhandle, while Rafe, a dreamer, has little to contribute other than fathering their two children, a daughter Loreda and a son Anthony (Ant).

After Ant contracts dust pneumonia, Elsa packs up the pickup truck with their meager belongings and heads to California with Loreda (now a rebellious teen) and Ant (seven, and cloyingly sweet), accompanied by hundreds of thousands of other migrants. At first, Elsa and the children are buoyed by the hopes of a fresh start but they are soon confronted with prejudice, cruelty, and untenable living conditions. Elsa and the children are forced to settle in a migrant tent camp and spend long hours in the fields picking cotton.

It’s hard to write about the Dust Bowl without tipping over into melodrama, and at times it felt as if the only thing moving the story forward was the next disaster. The relationships between the women in THE FOUR WINDS kept me invested. Elsa is a bit of a sad-sack, but her daughter Loreda is fierce and as she ages, she challenges Elsa to overcome her fears. Elsa’s friendship with Jean, another mother in the camp, felt authentic. Jean teaches Elsa the ropes – instructing her to apply for relief upon her arrival (though it will be a year before she qualifies for any assistance), and advising her about the best paid jobs. When Jean goes into labor with her last child, it is Elsa who drives her to the hospital – and back to the camp when they refuse to admit her, where her baby dies in Elsa’s arms.  Like the dust of the plains, there seems no end to the heartache these women must endure. Poverty, hunger, prejudice, and disease plague the migrants, and just when you think it can’t get worse, it does.

Elsa’s story is a painful one, but she shares something in common with many women: she wants nothing more than a better future for her children, a livable wage, and a safe place to live. Fans of historical fiction and of Kristin Hannah’s other formidable female characters will most likely not be disappointed.

This is Lin Salisbury with Superior Reviews.

What would you exchange for immortality? Family, friends, home? In THE INVISIBLE LIFE OF ADDIE LARUE by V.E. Schwab, twenty-three-year-old Adeline (Addie) LaRue does not consciously exchange these things for immortality, but desiring autonomy, she inadvertently makes a deal with the devil – exchanging her soul (when she’s done with it) for a life free of the restrictions placed on women in the early part of the eighteenth century. In a small village in the French countryside in the year 1714, Adeline lives as an only child with her mother and father. Her father has indulged her whimsy far longer than most girls her age and by the age of twenty-three, she is still unmarried when her parents bequeath her to a widower with children. Desperate to escape what she sees as a life of servitude, Adeline runs away the night before her wedding and in the forest, encounters a dark force, Luc, who allows her to exchange her soul for the life she desires. But freedom is never free, and Adeline soon discovers that the cost of immortality is a life of loneliness. No one will ever remember her – even five minutes after meeting her, if she walks out of a room and re-enters, it will be as if she had never been there. She will never know the intimacy of a lover or friend with whom she shares a history. For three hundred years, Addie traverses continents, passing through history virtually unknown. Until Henry.

In New York in the year 2014, Addie walks into a bookstore and walks out with a book – it’s a survival tactic that has served her for three hundred years – if no one remembers you, and you don’t have a home or a way to make a living, stealing eventually becomes essential. The second time she comes to the bookstore, Henry, a clerk at the store, remembers her, remembers her as the girl who stole a book from him the day before. Addie is astounded. He remembers her. And thus begins their love affair.

Relationships are complicated, but especially for Addie LaRue. Over the course of three hundred years, her relationship with Luc vacillates between fear, hate, and a sort of unhealthy dependence that could easily be confused for love. Never mind that Addie only sees Luc when he deigns to grace her with his presence – more often to goad her into surrendering her soul – but as time goes on, it sometimes resembles courtship. In this fiction, Schwab has perfectly encapsulated the tactics of an abusive partner. Henry, a young man with a sad history of his own, is a tender and attentive lover, and in him, Addie finds the security and intimacy she traded for her independence that dark night in the forest centuries before.

Schwab’s premise is clever, her main characters (Addie, Henry, and Luc) are compelling and nuanced, and the ending, not always the case with a sweeping 400-page fantasy, is true to her characters. Although, I must admit that fantasy is not my preference, I found THE INVISIBLE LIFE OF ADDIE LARUE to be an intriguing read. I cared about Addie and Henry and I wanted things to end well for them, and I wanted Luc to get his due. Schwab’s writing is inclusive – there are POC and LGBTQ characters and relationships – and stylistically, she makes some interesting choices.

One of the things I struggled with was the pacing; at times, the narrative dragged. And, because Addie never enjoys real intimacy in most of her relationships, some of the characters lacked depth; they read like character sketches and weren’t fully formed within the pages of the story. I would have liked to see more of Addie in the key historical moments the author only touches on – the French Revolution and World War II for instance. Instead of focusing so entirely on Addie’s love life, a plot that wends her through America’s turbulent 60’s or the Velvet Revolution or any number of culturally significant moments in history would have been more interesting to me.

THE INVISIBLE LIFE OF ADDIE LARUE was released in October of 2020 to mostly stellar reviews and despite my reservations, I would recommend it for fans of LIFE AFTER LIFE and THE TIME TRAVELERS WIFE.

This is Lin Salisbury with Superior Reviews.

Carl Hiaasen is the author of fourteen adult novels and six children’s novels – many of them bestsellers. He’s been called irreverent, original, offbeat, and a master of the comic crime novel. SQUEEZE ME, his most recent novel, came out in August 2020 and it is a superb political satire set in a post-pandemic Florida where the fictional President has a Winter White House called Casa Bellicosa.

During the height of the charity ball season, a prominent socialite, Kiki Pew Fitzsimmons, disappears during a fundraiser for Irritable Bowel Syndrome. She was a huge fan of the President and a founding member of the Potussies, a group of wealthy older women dedicated to supporting their President.

The club manager is on edge after Kiki’s disappearance and wants to quell the influx of huge pythons on the property of the posh club just as his high season is beginning. Enter Angie Armstrong, a former wildlife officer cum wildlife wrangler, independent proprietor of a business called Discreet Captures. She suspects that a large python with a bloated belly may have something to do with Kiki’s disappearance and beheads it, taking away the carcass to send it into a lab for analysis. But  before she can send it off, the snake’s body is stolen from her freezer.

Never one to miss an opportunity to play to his base, the President declares that Kiki has been the victim of an illegal immigrant crossing into the United States – Diego Beltran. During the Commander’s Ball, his large fundraising event, the President whips the crowd into a fury – shouting, “No more Diegos! Come on, let me hear you send that message loud and clear: NO MORE DIEGOS!” Afterwards, the Potussies serenade him with a song they’ve penned in his honor, “Big, Unimpeachable You.”

Carl Hiaasen has a long career as a journalist and his fiction has often reflected his concern about climate change and invasive species in Florida, but he coats his commentary with a huge dusting of comedy. Hiaasen’s books seem to pick the easy targets – cultural and social commentary on the outrageous extravagances of the twenty first century – whether that be reality television, politics, or overdevelopment and its impact on our environment – it is a truth to be acknowledged that you can’t make this stuff up. But yet, Hiaasen does. Mocking cultural icons and putting an air hose to the absurd— the President has a tanning bed tester instead of a taste tester, for example – Hiaasen knows how to make us laugh, so that we won’t cry.

SQUEEZE ME is a gut-buster, though if at times it feels a little too close to the truth, just keep reminding yourself that it’s only fiction and enjoy the ride.

I recommend SQUEEZE ME for fans of Christopher Moore, Tim Dorsey, and Randy Wayne White.

This is Lin Salisbury with Superior Reviews.

GREAT CIRCLE by Maggie Shipstead opens with the rescue of twins from a sinking ocean liner in 1909; Marian and Jamie Graves are rescued by their father, but their mother perishes. Soon after, they are sent to live with their indifferent uncle Warren, a man who had at one time been a promising artist but shows a greater commitment to gambling and drink than to his work or his obligations. The twins are left to themselves most of the time – their uncle releasing them “into the wilderness like a pair of dogs trusted to return eventually.”  Jamie, like his uncle, is a gifted artist. When Marian encounters the Flying Brayfogles, two barnstormers from a defunct Flying Circus, she becomes fixated on learning to fly.

 “She was at an age when the future adult rattles the child’s bones like the bars of a cage.”

Marian is driven to find a way to pay for flying lessons. At fourteen, she runs moonshine for a local bootlegger, driving a truck advertising Stanley’s Bread and Cake. She cuts her hair short and is often mistaken for a boy, much to Jamie’s chagrin. One of her deliveries is to the local brothel, where the ladies dress her up and put makeup on her. It’s there that she meets Barclay McQueen, a rancher in theory, but a racketeer at heart. Barclay McQueen becomes obsessed with Marian and offers to pay for her flying lessons and a loaned airplane; Marian accepts but knows that there will be a price to pay for his generosity. Marian wants nothing more than to be the first woman to fly the Great Circle from pole to pole, and she will do almost anything to achieve her goal.

The stories of Marian and Jamie are juxtaposed against the story of a current day actress, Hadley Jones, whose career is on the shoals after her latest scandalous affair. She has the opportunity to redeem herself with the role of a lifetime – playing Marian Graves, the first woman to attempt the Great Circle, who supposedly crashed into the sea, never to be found.

GREAT CIRCLE is a sweep of a novel – soaring with the ambitious tenacity of young Marian Graves, yet tender as her artistic brother, Jamie, who though he cannot harm animal nor man, is recruited to document World War II through drawings that capture time and space in a way that few other artists are capable of.

I was captivated by the stories of Marian and Jamie, and initially, a little less with Hadley’s story, until the unfolding drama of the movie production reveals greater truths about the lives of the twins.

GREAT CIRCLE is a big book – not just because it is nearly 600 pages long – but because of the breadth of the subject matter – art, aviation, prohibition, noncomformity, war, isolation, connection – and the period it spans 1909-2014 – give or take a few decade gaps. There will be So. Much. To. Discuss. with your book group! Maggie Shipstead has a keen understanding of longing and what it means to be human.

I recommend GREAT CIRCLE for fans of Beryl Markham’s WEST WITH THE NIGHT, Isak Dinason’s  OUT OF AFRICA, and Paula McLain’s CIRCLING THE SUN.

GREAT CIRCLE by Maggie Shipstead will be available May 4, but pre-order it today so that it will arrive in your mailbox that day – it’s that good.

Listen to my interview with Maggie Shipstead on Superior Reads on June 24 at 7:00 pm. This is Lin Salibury with Superior Reviews.

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