Nearing Howard Island, about to land on a specially constructed airstrip, at noon on July 2nd 1937, Earhart and her navigator lost radio contact and disappeared into the Pacific. The 'goddess of flight' as the press had crowned her, had vanished. Mendelsohn's fictional narrative, narrated by Earhart herself, takes us through this final flight - with flashbacks to Earhart's childhood, her early obsession with air-flight and her difficult marriage to the publisher George Putnam - and imagines Earhart's plane not disappearing into the ocean, but crashlanding on an uninhabited island in the Pacific. Earhart and her raffish, drunken navigator, Noonan, become castaways on a desert island. Forced together, they fight, accommodate each other, start to go mad, and then finally, fall in love. . .
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In an evocative and imaginative novel, Amelia Earhart tells us what happened after she and her navigator, Fred Noonan, disappeared off the coast of New Guinea one windy day in 1937.From the Publisher:
"Strange, slight, but wonderful: a modest portrait that manages to create some moments of exceptional intensity and power of feeling."
-- Kirkus Reviews
"Not to be missed. It is an immediately addicting book, as telegraphic as those of Margaret Duras, and as charged with longing."
-- Liesl Schillinger, Bazaar
"Past and present, fact and fiction, first-person and third blend into a life of the celebrated aviatrix -- both before and after her famed disappearance in 1937, at age 39 -- that unfolds with the surreal precision of a dream and that marks first novelist Mendelsohn as a writer to watch."
-- Publishers Weekly
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Book Description Vintage. Paperback. Book Condition: New. UNUSED, VERY GOOD, NOT EX-LIBRARY, 160 pages. A fictitious account of Amelia Earhart's last flight, with flashbacks to her childhood and difficult marriage. Amelia and her raffish, drunken navigator, Noonan, crash-land on a desert island. They fight, touch madness and finally fall in love, before taking off again on only half a tank of petrol. Bookseller Inventory # 12133
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