2022 CLSC Announcement: Great Circle

image: Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead with CLSC badgeChautauqua Institution's Department of Education has announced Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead as a Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle selection for Week Six of the 2022 Summer Assembly Season: “After Dark: The World of Nighttime.”

Great Circle is a “masterclass in historical fiction” according to The Telegraph. In effortless and dazzling prose, Maggie Shipstead weaves together an expansive story that covers more than a century.

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.

Great Circle was shortlisted for both the 2021 Booker Prize and the 2022 Women’s Prize for Fiction.

Maggie Shipstead is the New York Times-bestselling author of three novels and a short story collection. Her novel and CLSC selection Great Circle was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and a finalist for the Women’s Prize. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, the recipient of a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and the winner of the Dylan Thomas Prize and the L.A. Times Book Prize for First Fiction.

She lives in Los Angeles.

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Published: Vintage - April 5th, 2022

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Published: Random House Large Print - June 1st, 2021