Circling the Sun: A Novel
By Paula McLain
Ballantine Books, 2015. 366 pgs. Historical Fiction
Beryl Markham was born in England but raised by her father in colonial Kenya. Growing up alongside native children, Beryl learned to run, jump, hunt and above all survive in an undeniably beautiful but easily deadly environment. Her unconventional childhood produced a fascinating woman who repeatedly overcame daunting challenges and built for herself a life full of adventure and love.
Beryl’s story crosses into the better known story of Karen Blixen as told in her memoir “Out of Africa” when she falls in love with Denys Finch Hatton. Their complicated love affair introduces Beryl to the world of flight which propelled her toward becoming a pioneering woman pilot.
“Circling the Sun” further secures Paula McLain as a prominent historical fiction author. Her choice of subjects, thorough research and graceful writing results in a beautiful novel readers are sure to devour.