Three daring and determined women, inspired by Charles Lindbergh’s flight, take to the skies in a risky race to be the first woman to make the dangerous trans-Atlantic flight.
It's 1927. There is danger in the skies above the Atlantic—fierce winds, driving rain, lightning, and temperatures so cold that ice builds up on the wings of airplanes, dragging them out of the sky to the churning sea below. Lindbergh has made his historic flight to great acclaim; Amelia Earhart has yet to make hers. But for English heiress Elsie Mackay, wealthy society widow Mabel Boll, and Ruth Elder, a young beauty pageant winner from Alabama, the thrill of being the first woman to cross the Atlantic in the air is deemed worth risking their lives for. Notaro (The Potty Mouth at the Table, 2013, etc.) breaks from her self-deprecating comedic style to enliven a year when trans-Atlantic air travel was in its daring infancy, bringing to life these three real-life women from the pages of aviation history. In a decade of transition (women voting, hemlines rising, roles changing), there are still people who disapprove of women who want to be more than a traditional wife and mother. Not that that mattered one whit to Mackay, Boll, or Elder, as they battled family, friends, financial constraints, and most of all the weather while preparing for their life-or-death flights. Notaro portrays this exciting sliver of time with historical accuracy, providing an authentic glimpse of the era (including photographs), and then adds a pump of adrenaline by including dialogue and drama of her own imagination, creating a captivating historical fiction.
Be prepared to hold tight as you're boosted into the cockpit for a two-day flight across the horizon. The odds of making it are against you—but what a ride!