Leaving Earth by Helen Humphreys

cover of the book Leaving EarthLeaving Earth by Helen Humphreys
Genre: Award Winner; Fiction
Copyright Year: 1997
Published: 2000
Publisher: Picador
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Format: Paperback
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No. of Pages: 256
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ISBN: 312255004
Award(s): Toronto Book Awards – 1998 winner
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Leaving Earth is a first novel marked by its perceptive, lyrical language and rich, fascinating characters. 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 is to circle above the city of Toronto for twenty-five days. With each passing day, the women’s ties to humanity fall away and the intensity of their connection becomes as gripping as the perils that besiege them: fatigue, weather, mechanical breakdown, and the lethal efforts of a saboteur. In this extraordinary debut, Humphreys exhibits rare control, restraint, and poetry as she develops the relationship of two unusual women through the magical passage of flight.
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