Boomtown Los Angeles, 1929: Into a world of movie lots and speakeasies comes Xas, stunt flier and wingless angel, still nursing his broken heart, and determined only to go on living in the air.
But there are forces that will keep him on the ground. Forces like Conrad Cole, movie director and aircraft designer, a glory-seeking king of the grand splash who is also a man sinking into his own sovereign darkness. And Flora McLeod, film editor and maimed former actress, who sees something in Xas that no one has ever seen before, not even God, who made him, or Lucifer, the general he once followed—Lucifer, who has lost Xas once, but won't let that be the end of it.
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Elizabeth Knox is the author of five books, but The Vintner's Luck was the first to be published outside her native New Zealand. It met great critical and popular success, was longlisted for the Orange Prize and turned into a film in 2009. She is married and lives with her family in WellingtonReview:
"Knox is a writer with a gift for describing the colour of the present moment...she lets her language breathe, lets it speak in revelations rather than explanations" Times Literary Supplement "Her words have the power to dazzle" Independent "Knox's evocation of thirties California is dreamy, and her characters interestingly warped" -- Emma Hagestadt Independent
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