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Great Circle: A novel
by Maggie Shipstead

Published: 2022-04-05T00:0
Paperback : 672 pages
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • 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: an “epic trip—through Prohibition and World War II, from Montana to London to present-day ...
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • 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: an “epic trip—through Prohibition and World War II, from Montana to London to present-day Hollywood—and you’ll relish every minute” (People).

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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Discussion Questions

1. Why do you think Marian wants to fly around the world? Have you ever wanted to take a major risk without quite knowing why?

2. What do you think Hadley wants from playing the role of Marian? Do you think her expectations are met?

3. How is Marian’s life shaped by her experiences of love? Do you think she really wants to love someone? What about Hadley?

4. What do you think is Marian’s idea of freedom? What is yours?

5. How does Marian’s relationship with her brother, Jamie, evolve over time? How would you react if you had a sibling like Marian?

6. Do you think Peregrine is going to be a good movie?

7. How do you think Marian was shaped by her unusual childhood? Do you think she was bruised or strengthened by the fact that she never knew her parents?

8. Hadley says that no story can ever be whole. What do you think she means?

9. Which friend or relative would you pass this book on to and why?

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This book is 600 pages in print and 25 hours on audiobook. I would not recommend for book clubs based on length alone. The story of Marian Graves would have been sufficient and was very well written even... (read more)

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