Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead audiobook

Great Circle: A novel

By Maggie Shipstead
Read by Cassandra Campbell  and Alex McKenna

Random House Audio
25.28 Hours 1
Format : Digital Download (In Stock)
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    ISBN: 9780593155059

“Relentlessly exciting ... My top recommendation for this summer.” —Ron Charles, The Washington Post NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER • LONGLISTED FOR THE BOOKER PRIZE • A TODAY SHOW #ReadWithJenna BOOK CLUB PICK • The unforgettable story of a daredevil female aviator determined to chart her own course in life, at any cost—Great Circle “soars and dips with dizzying flair ... an expansive story that covers more than a century and seems to encapsulate the whole wide world” (Boston Globe). “A masterpiece ... One of the best books I’ve ever read.” —J. Courtney Sullivan, author of Friends and Strangers After being rescued as infants from a sinking ocean liner in 1914, Marian and Jamie Graves are raised by their dissolute uncle in Missoula, Montana. There--after encountering a pair of barnstorming pilots passing through town in beat-up biplanes--Marian commences her lifelong love affair with flight. At fourteen she drops out of school and finds an unexpected and dangerous patron in a wealthy bootlegger who provides a plane and subsidizes her lessons, an arrangement that will haunt her for the rest of her life, even as it allows her to fulfill her destiny: circumnavigating the globe by flying over the North and South Poles. A century later, Hadley Baxter is cast to play Marian in a film that centers on Marian's disappearance in Antarctica. Vibrant, canny, disgusted with the claustrophobia of Hollywood, Hadley is eager to redefine herself after a romantic film franchise has imprisoned her in the grip of cult celebrity. Her immersion into the character of Marian unfolds, thrillingly, alongside Marian's own story, as the two women's fates--and their hunger for self-determination in vastly different geographies and times--collide. Epic and emotional, meticulously researched and gloriously told, Great Circle is a monumental work of art, and a tremendous leap forward for the prodigiously gifted Maggie Shipstead.

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Summary

Summary

A New York Times bestseller

The Washington Post Pick of the #1 Best Book of Summer

An Oprah Magazine Pick of Best Books of the Month

A Read with Jenna Today Show Pick

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

An #1 Amazon bestseller in Satire

An Amazon Best Book of the Month selection

A Town & Country Magazine Pick of Most Anticipated Books of 2021

An Esquire pick of Most Anticipated Upcoming Novels

A Bustle Pick of Most Anticipated Upcoming Books

“Relentlessly exciting ... My top recommendation for this summer.” —Ron Charles, The Washington Post NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER • LONGLISTED FOR THE BOOKER PRIZE • A TODAY SHOW #ReadWithJenna BOOK CLUB PICK • The unforgettable story of a daredevil female aviator determined to chart her own course in life, at any cost—Great Circle “soars and dips with dizzying flair ... an expansive story that covers more than a century and seems to encapsulate the whole wide world” (Boston Globe). “A masterpiece ... One of the best books I’ve ever read.” —J. Courtney Sullivan, author of Friends and Strangers After being rescued as infants from a sinking ocean liner in 1914, Marian and Jamie Graves are raised by their dissolute uncle in Missoula, Montana. There--after encountering a pair of barnstorming pilots passing through town in beat-up biplanes--Marian commences her lifelong love affair with flight. At fourteen she drops out of school and finds an unexpected and dangerous patron in a wealthy bootlegger who provides a plane and subsidizes her lessons, an arrangement that will haunt her for the rest of her life, even as it allows her to fulfill her destiny: circumnavigating the globe by flying over the North and South Poles. A century later, Hadley Baxter is cast to play Marian in a film that centers on Marian's disappearance in Antarctica. Vibrant, canny, disgusted with the claustrophobia of Hollywood, Hadley is eager to redefine herself after a romantic film franchise has imprisoned her in the grip of cult celebrity. Her immersion into the character of Marian unfolds, thrillingly, alongside Marian's own story, as the two women's fates--and their hunger for self-determination in vastly different geographies and times--collide. Epic and emotional, meticulously researched and gloriously told, Great Circle is a monumental work of art, and a tremendous leap forward for the prodigiously gifted Maggie Shipstead.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Cassandra Campbell and Alex McKenna’s captivating performances of Maggie Shipstead’s new novel will divert you from everything else…Together, they transfix. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile
“This womanist epic…is nothing short of brilliant.” O, The Oprah Magazine
“A relentlessly exciting story about a woman maneuvering her way between tradition and prejudice to get what she wants. It’s also a culturally rich story…[of] the changing landscape of the 20th century.” Washington Post
“Highly recommended.” Library Journal (starred review)
“Shipstead sweeps readers from earth to sky and back again.”  BookPage (starred review)
“The Marian portions…read like a carnival of early-20th-century American history, packed with bootleggers, treacherous boxcar rides, and tragic shipwrecks. The Hadley chapters offer a delectable dissection of life as a celebrity, serving up an intelligent skewering of the Hollywood machine.” Vogue

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Author

Author Bio: Maggie Shipstead

Author Bio: Maggie Shipstead

Maggie Shipstead is the author of the novels Astonish MeSeating Arrangements, and Great Circle, which was a New York Times bestseller. She has won the Dylan Thomas Prize and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for First Fiction. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, a former Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford, and the recipient of a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction/Historical
Runtime: 25.28
Audience: Adult
Language: English