On Sale: July 28, 2015
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Paula McLain, author of the phenomenal bestseller The
Paris Wife, now returns with her keenly anticipated new
novel, transporting readers to colonial Kenya in the 1920s.
Circling the Sun brings to life a fearless and
captivating woman—Beryl Markham, a record-setting aviator
caught up in a passionate love triangle with safari hunter
Denys Finch Hatton and Karen Blixen, who as Isak Dinesen
wrote the classic memoir Out of Africa.
Brought to Kenya from England as a child and then abandoned
by her mother, Beryl is raised by both her father and the
native Kipsigis tribe who share his estate. Her
unconventional upbringing transforms Beryl into a bold young
woman with a fierce love of all things wild and an inherent
understanding of nature’s delicate balance. But even the
wild child must grow up, and when everything Beryl knows and
trusts dissolves, she is catapulted into a string of
Beryl forges her own path as a horse trainer, and her
uncommon style attracts the eye of the Happy Valley set, a
decadent, bohemian community of European expats who also
live and love by their own set of rules. But it’s the
ruggedly charismatic Denys Finch Hatton who ultimately helps
Beryl navigate the uncharted territory of her own heart. The
intensity of their love reveals Beryl’s truest self and her
fate: to fly.
Set against the majestic landscape of
early-twentieth-century Africa, McLain’s powerful tale
reveals the extraordinary adventures of a woman before her
time, the exhilaration of freedom and its cost, and the
tenacity of the human spirit.
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