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Flight of Dreams

By Ariel Lawhon

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Format: Paperback, 384 pages
Published In: United States, 01 January 2017
From a dazzling new voice in historical fiction, Flight of Dreams is a suspenseful, heart-wrenching novel that brings the fateful voyage of the Hindenburg to life. On the evening of May 3rd, 1937, ninety-seven people board the Hindenburg for its final, doomed flight. Among them are a frightened stewardess who is not what she seems; the steadfast navigator determined to win her heart; a naive cabin boy eager to earn a permanent position; an impetuous journalist who has been blacklisted in her native Germany; and an enigmatic American businessman with a score to settle. Over the course of three champagne-soaked days, their lies, fears, agendas, and hopes for the future will be revealed--and one in their party will set a plot in motion that will have devastating consequences for them all.

About the Author

Ariel Lawhon is the author of The Wife, the Maid, and the Mistress and cofounder of the popular Web site SheReads.org. She lives in the rolling hills outside Nashville, Tennessee, with her husband, four sons, and black Lab--who is, thankfully, a girl.

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"An enthralling nail-biter." --People "We are introduced to a carousel of suspicious characters . . . so as the zeppelin cruises serenely through the clouds, the earthbound reader ricochets from distrust to uncertainty to outright foreboding. At every page a guilty secret bobs up; at every page Lawhon keeps us guessing. Who will bring down the Hindenburg? And how?" --The New York Times Book Review "A fascinating blend of love and murder, big dreams and betrayal, history and pure imagination--I could not put it down." --Sara Gruen, author of Water for Elephants "An Agatha Christie-style page-turner. . . . Suspenseful and fun." --Kirkus Reviews "Rich with historical detail and spiked with plenty of surprises." --Shelf Awareness "Mystery, romance--it is all here, told in a mesmerizing tale." --Kate Alcott, New York Times bestselling author of The Dressmaker "Flight of Dreams may be viewed as a Titanic of the skies. Lawhon's novel, however, needs no such comparison. It has ample emotional fuel to sail on its own, even knowing its spectacular end." --Associated Press "A magnificent, tour-de-force story, Flight of Dreams will break your heart and satisfy every conspiracy theorist who's wondered what really happened to the Hindenburg. Simply spectacular. . . . Lawhon has written the book of the year. She's a writer to watch--now, and for many years to come." --J.T. Ellison, author of What Lies Behind"Difficult to put down." --BookPage "A spectacular page-turner of class and distinction. Intricately plotted and deftly characterized, this beautifully written novel is wonderfully satisfying--historical fiction at its best." --Alex George, author of A Good American"It's a sign of an extremely talented writer who can take a story that's been told before and tell it in a completely new imaginative way that is so compelling and exciting."--Charles Belfoure, author of The Paris Architect "[A] wonderfully suspenseful, heart-wrenching account. . . . [Lawhon's] vision for the journey and the cause of the explosion is masterful." --The Free Lance-Star (Fredericksburg, VA) "Historical fiction at its best." --Acadian Lifestyle Magazine "Lawhon once again reimagines a front-page news event, filling in the entertaining backstory with passion, secrets, and nail-biting suspense." --Publishers Weekly "The clever banter, elaborate plot twists, and period detail will be appreciated by lovers of historical fiction. Readers of Melanie Benjamin's The Aviator's Wife or Nancy Horan's Under the Wide and Starry Sky should find this entertaining." --Library Journal An enthralling nail-biter. People We are introduced to a carousel of suspicious characters . . . so as the zeppelin cruises serenely through the clouds, the earthbound reader ricochets from distrust to uncertainty to outright foreboding. At every page a guilty secret bobs up; at every page Lawhon keeps us guessing. Who will bring down the Hindenburg? And how? TheNew York Times Book Review A fascinating blend of love and murder, big dreams and betrayal, history and pure imagination I could not put it down. Sara Gruen, author of Water for Elephants An Agatha Christie style page-turner. . . . Suspenseful and fun. Kirkus Reviews Rich with historical detail and spiked with plenty of surprises. Shelf Awareness Mystery, romance it is all here, told in a mesmerizing tale. Kate Alcott, New York Timesbestselling author ofThe Dressmaker Flight of Dreamsmay be viewed as a Titanic of the skies.Lawhon s novel, however, needs no such comparison. It has ample emotional fuel to sail on its own, even knowing its spectacular end. Associated Press Amagnificent, tour-de-force story, Flight of Dreams will break your heart and satisfy every conspiracy theoristwho s wondered what really happened to the Hindenburg. Simply spectacular. . . . Lawhon has written the book of the year.She s a writer to watch now, and for many years to come. J.T. Ellison, author ofWhat Lies Behind Difficult to put down. BookPage A spectacular page-turnerof class and distinction.Intricately plotted and deftly characterized, this beautifully written novelis wonderfully satisfying historical fiction at its best. Alex George, author ofA Good American It s a sign ofan extremely talented writerwho can take a story that s been told before and tell it in a completely new imaginative way that isso compelling and exciting. Charles Belfoure, author ofThe Paris Architect [A] wonderfully suspenseful, heart-wrenching account. . . . [Lawhon s] vision for the journey and the cause of the explosion is masterful. The Free Lance-Star (Fredericksburg, VA) "Historical fiction at its best. Acadian Lifestyle Magazine Lawhononce again reimagines a front-page news event, filling in the entertaining backstory with passion, secrets, and nail-biting suspense. Publishers Weekly The clever banter, elaborate plot twists, and period detail will be appreciated by lovers of historical fiction. Readers of Melanie Benjamin s The Aviator's Wife or Nancy Horan s Under the Wide and Starry Sky should find this entertaining. Library Journal " The novel beautifully exploits the unique, excruciating kind of suspense in which the poor horrified reader knows from the start exactly what s going to happen. Well, maybe not exactly .Under Lawhon s revolving spotlight, we are introduced to a carousel of suspicious characters so as the zeppelin cruises serenely through the clouds the earthbound reader ricochets from distrust to uncertainty to outright foreboding. At every page a guilty secret bobs up; at every page Lawhon keeps us guessing. Who will bring down the Hindenburg? And how? -- New York Times Book Review An enthralling nail-biter Almost 80 years after the Hindenburg s fiery end in a New Jersey airfield, Lawhon reimagines the downing of the Nazi zeppelin...[E]verything points to the inevitable disaster but you re still on the edge of your seat. --People Magazine "Lawhon builds the narrative on facts she uses real names and biographical details about those aboard the Hindenburg thenpropels the story forward with the thrust of fiction. This is a novel made all the morereadableby weaving its way through arivetinghistorical event Flight of Dreamsmay be viewed as a "Titanic" of the skies.Lawhon's novel, however, needs no such comparison. It has ample emotional fuel to sail on its own, even knowing its spectacular end. --Associated Press "Lawhondeftly braids together the complex threads of her characters' stories, narrating via a keenly observed third-person voice. Her taut prose and subtle plotting create a gripping narrative, rich with historical detail and spiked with plenty of surprises even for those who know the Hindenburg's fate. Through her vividly drawn characters, Lawhon's story touches on grief, family loyalty, ambition, romance and complicated international politics. Like the spectators who observed the Hindenburg's fiery descent, readers will find themselves unable to look away."--Shelf Awareness "Flight of Dreamsmelds historical fiction, a touch of romance and mystery to create a tale that becomes more difficult to put down as the disaster draws near."--BookPage "Ariel Lawhon has real vision and the writing chops to back it up. She weaves the voices and lives of the Hindenburg's doomed--and surviving--passengers together in intricate fashion, linking them at startling intersections that bind them into a single, riveting tale.It's a fascinating blend of love and murder, big dreams and betrayal, history and pure imagination--I could not put it down."-- Sara Gruen, New York Timesbestselling author ofWater for ElephantsandAt the Water's Edge "Flight of Dreamsenthralls, taking the reader on the doomed last flight of the Hindenburg with a story so vivid, it is impossible to pull away. Mystery, romance it is all here, told in a mesmerizing tale."-- Kate Alcott, New York Timesbestselling author ofThe Dressmaker "InFlight of Dreams, Ariel Lawhon masterfullyre-imagines the infamous Hindenburg tragedy in uniquely human terms, and the result isa spectacular page-turnerof class and distinction.Intricately plotted and deftly characterized, this beautifully written novelis wonderfully satisfying - historical fiction at its best."-- Alex George, author ofA Good American"It's a sign ofan extremely talented writerwho can take a story that's been told before and tell it in a completely new imaginative way that isso compelling and exciting. -- Charles Belfoure, New York Timesbestselling author ofThe Paris ArchitectandHouse of Thieves"Amagnificent, tour-de-force story, FLIGHT OF DREAMS will break your heart and satisfy every conspiracy theoristwho s wondered what really happened to the Hindenburg.Simply spectacular I've never read anything like it. Lawhon has written the book of the year.She s a writer to watch now, and for many years to come."-- J.T. Ellison, New York Timesbestselling author ofWhat Lies Behind"[A] wonderfully suspenseful, heart-wrenching account...[Lawhon's] vision for the journey and the cause of the explosion is masterful and humanizes the event and its aftermath. She has taken a story from history and re-imagined it into a magnificent novel."--The Free Lance-Star "Historical fiction at its best.... Even knowing the ending doesn t diminish the suspense."--Acadian Lifestyle Magazine"For her second outing, Lawhononce again reimagines a front-page news event, filling in the entertaining backstory with passion, secrets, and nail-biting suspense, this time taking on the disastrous crash of theHindenburgin 1937...Lawhon threads many stories together, connecting passengers and crew and bringing behind-the-scenes depth and humanity to a great 20th-century tragedy even though we all know theHindenburg s fate."--Publishers Weekly "An Agatha Christie style page-turner...Building on a dense scaffolding of biographical and historical fact, Lawhon invents personalities and relationships for key passengers, chooses from the extant theories about what caused the fire, and spins it all into a web of airborne intrigue...As the disaster inches closer with every chapter each begins with a countdown in days, hours, and minutes Lawhon evokes the airborne luxury of the ship the meals, the cocktails, the smoking room, and the service in such detail that you end up feeling a little sad that the stately flight of theHindenbergmarked the end of passenger travel by airship forever.A clever, dramatic presentation of a tragic historical event. Suspenseful and fun."--Kirkus Reviews The clever banter, elaborate plot twists, and period detail will be appreciated by lovers of historical fiction. Readers of Melanie Benjamin's The Aviator's Wife or Nancy Horan's Under the Wide and Starry Sky should find this entertaining. --Library Journal From the Hardcover edition." The novel beautifully exploits the unique, excruciating kind of suspense in which the poor horrified reader knows from the start exactly what s going to happen. Well, maybe not exactly .Under Lawhon s revolving spotlight, we are introduced to a carousel of suspicious characters so as the zeppelin cruises serenely through the clouds the earthbound reader ricochets from distrust to uncertainty to outright foreboding. At every page a guilty secret bobs up; at every page Lawhon keeps us guessing. Who will bring down the Hindenburg? And how? "-- New York Times Book Review " An enthralling nail-biter Almost 80 years after the Hindenburg s fiery end in a New Jersey airfield, Lawhon reimagines the downing of the Nazi zeppelin...[E]verything points to the inevitable disaster but you re still on the edge of your seat. """--People Magazine" "Lawhon builds the narrative on facts she uses real names and biographical details about those aboard the Hindenburg thenpropels the story forward with the thrust of fiction. This is a novel made all the morereadableby weaving its way through arivetinghistorical event "Flight of Dreams"may be viewed as a "Titanic" of the skies.Lawhon's novel, however, needs no such comparison. It has ample emotional fuel to sail on its own, even knowing its spectacular end. "--Associated Press" "Lawhondeftly braids together the complex threads of her characters' stories, narrating via a keenly observed third-person voice. Her taut prose and subtle plotting create a gripping narrative, rich with historical detail and spiked with plenty of surprises even for those who know the Hindenburg's fate. Through her vividly drawn characters, Lawhon's story touches on grief, family loyalty, ambition, romance and complicated international politics. Like the spectators who observed the Hindenburg's fiery descent, readers will find themselves unable to look away.""--Shelf Awareness """Flight of Dreams"melds historical fiction, a touch of romance and mystery to create a tale that becomes more difficult to put down as the disaster draws near.""--BookPage" "Ariel Lawhon has real vision and the writing chops to back it up. She weaves the voices and lives of the Hindenburg's doomed--and surviving--passengers together in intricate fashion, linking them at startling intersections that bind them into a single, riveting tale.It's a fascinating blend of love and murder, big dreams and betrayal, history and pure imagination--I could not put it down."-- Sara Gruen, "New York Times"bestselling author of"Water for Elephants"and"At the Water's Edge """Flight of Dreams"enthralls, taking the reader on the doomed last flight of the Hindenburg with a story so vivid, it is impossible to pull away. Mystery, romance it is all here, told in a mesmerizing tale."-- Kate Alcott, "New York Times"bestselling author of"The Dressmaker" "In"Flight of Dreams," Ariel Lawhon masterfullyre-imagines the infamous Hindenburg tragedy in uniquely human terms, and the result isa spectacular page-turnerof class and distinction.Intricately plotted and deftly characterized, this beautifully written novelis wonderfully satisfying - historical fiction at its best."-- Alex George, author of"A Good American""It's a sign ofan extremely talented writerwho can take a story that's been told before and tell it in a completely new imaginative way that isso compelling and exciting. -- Charles Belfoure, "New York Times"bestselling author of"The Paris Architect"and"House of Thieves""Amagnificent, tour-de-force story, FLIGHT OF DREAMS will break your heart and satisfy every conspiracy theoristwho s wondered what really happened to the Hindenburg.Simply spectacular I've never read anything like it. Lawhon has written the book of the year.She s a writer to watch now, and for many years to come."-- J.T. Ellison, "New York Times"bestselling author of"What Lies Behind""[A] wonderfully suspenseful, heart-wrenching account...[Lawhon's] vision for the journey and the cause of the explosion is masterful and humanizes the event and its aftermath. She has taken a story from history and re-imagined it into a magnificent novel.""--The Free Lance-Star ""Historical fiction at its best.... Even knowing the ending doesn t diminish the suspense.""--Acadian Lifestyle Magazine" "For her second outing, Lawhononce again reimagines a front-page news event, filling in the entertaining backstory with passion, secrets, and nail-biting suspense, this time taking on the disastrous crash of the"Hindenburg"in 1937...Lawhon threads many stories together, connecting passengers and crew and bringing behind-the-scenes depth and humanity to a great 20th-century tragedy even though we all know the"Hindenburg" s fate."--"Publishers Weekly" "An Agatha Christie style page-turner...Building on a dense scaffolding of biographical and historical fact, Lawhon invents personalities and relationships for key passengers, chooses from the extant theories about what caused the fire, and spins it all into a web of airborne intrigue...As the disaster inches closer with every chapter each begins with a countdown in days, hours, and minutes Lawhon evokes the airborne luxury of the ship the meals, the cocktails, the smoking room, and the service in such detail that you end up feeling a little sad that the stately flight of the"Hindenberg"marked the end of passenger travel by airship forever.A clever, dramatic presentation of a tragic historical event. Suspenseful and fun."--"Kirkus Reviews" The clever banter, elaborate plot twists, and period detail will be appreciated by lovers of historical fiction. Readers of Melanie Benjamin's "The Aviator's Wife" or Nancy Horan's "Under the Wide and Starry Sky" should find this entertaining. --"Library Journal" "From the Hardcover edition.""

EAN: 9781101873922
ISBN: 1101873922
Publisher: Anchor Books
Dimensions: 20.07 x 13.21 x 2.29 centimetres (0.37 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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