Leaving Earth

Leaving Earth

A Novel

Book - 1998
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Baker & Taylor
An accomplished debut novel by a Canadian author follows two young women into the sky above Toronto in 1933 as they try to break the world flight endurance record, an attempt that unites their souls in the face of danger. 15,000 first printing.

Blackwell North Amer
On August 1, 1933, two young women, the famous aviatrix Grace O'Gorman and the inexperienced Willa Briggs, take off in a tiny Moth biplane to break the world flight endurance record. Their plan: to circle above the city of Toronto for twenty-five days.
So begins Leaving Earth, a remarkable evocation of an era when women sought to escape the limitations of their sex by embarking on perilous adventures. Sponsored by the Adventure Girl Almanac, "Air Ace Grace" and Willa soar above the city while below the Depression takes its toll and the shadows of the coming war lengthen. It falls to Jack, Grace's jealous husband and a record-holding pilot in his own right, to supply the women with food and midair refueling.
As the everyday rituals that tether Willa and Grace to humanity fall away, the intense connection between the women becomes as gripping as the perils that besiege them. All the while, the endurance test wears on, its outcome jeopardized by fatigue, weather, mechanical breakdown, and the malicious efforts of a saboteur.

Baker
& Taylor

Follows two young women into the sky above Toronto in 1933 as they try to break the world flight endurance record, an attempt that unites their souls in the face of danger

Publisher: New York : Metropolitan Books, 1998
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780805059571
0805059571
Characteristics: 242 p. ; 19 cm

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A lovely story, simply told but replete with innuendo. A glimpse into the difficult depression era before WWII when people engaged in feats of endurance to get money and symbolize hope for the impoverished workers trying to find work.
Based on the life of an early 20th century aviatrix , the fictional story is set in Toronto. Undercurrents of Nazism, misogyny and adolescent angst.

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Jul 22, 2012

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