Circling the Sun

Circling the Sun

By Paula McLain

  • Release Date : 2015-07-28
  • Genre : Literary
  • FIle Size : 8.15 MB
Score: 4.5
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Circling the Sun NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY NPR, BOOKPAGE, AND SHELF AWARENESS  “Paula McLain is considered the new star of historical fiction, and for good reason. Fans of The Paris Wife will be captivated by Circling the Sun, which . . . is both beautifully written and utterly engrossing.”—Ann Patchett, Country Living

Paula McLain, author of the phenomenal bestseller The Paris Wife, now returns with her keenly anticipated new novel, transporting readers to colonial Kenya in the 1920s. Circling the Sun brings to life a fearless and captivating woman—Beryl Markham, a record-setting aviator caught up in a passionate love triangle with safari hunter Denys Finch Hatton and Karen Blixen, who as Isak Dinesen wrote the classic memoir Out of Africa.

Brought to Kenya from England as a child and then abandoned by her mother, Beryl is raised by both her father and the native Kipsigis tribe who share his estate. Her unconventional upbringing transforms Beryl into a bold young woman with a fierce love of all things wild and an inherent understanding of nature’s delicate balance. But even the wild child must grow up, and when everything Beryl knows and trusts dissolves, she is catapulted into a string of disastrous relationships.

Beryl forges her own path as a horse trainer, and her uncommon style attracts the eye of the Happy Valley set, a decadent, bohemian community of European expats who also live and love by their own set of rules. But it’s the ruggedly charismatic Denys Finch Hatton who ultimately helps Beryl navigate the uncharted territory of her own heart. The intensity of their love reveals Beryl’s truest self and her fate: to fly.

Set against the majestic landscape of early-twentieth-century Africa, McLain’s powerful tale reveals the extraordinary adventures of a woman before her time, the exhilaration of freedom and its cost, and the tenacity of the human spirit.

Praise for Circling the Sun

“In McLain’s confident hands, Beryl Markham crackles to life, and we readers truly understand what made a woman so far ahead of her time believe she had the power to soar.”—Jodi Picoult, author of Leaving Time

“Enchanting . . . a worthy heir to [Isak] Dinesen . . . Like Africa as it’s so gorgeously depicted here, this novel will never let you go.”The Boston Globe

“Famed aviator Beryl Markham is a novelist’s dream. . . . [A] wonderful portrait of a complex woman who lived—defiantly—on her own terms.”People (Book of the Week)

Circling the Sun soars.”Newsday

“Captivating . . . [an] irresistible novel.”—The Seattle Times

“Like its high-flying subject, Circling the Sun is audacious and glamorous and hard not to be drawn in by. Beryl Markham may have married more than once, but she was nobody’s wife.”—Entertainment Weekly

“[An] eloquent evocation of Beryl’s daring life.”O: The Oprah Magazine

“Markham’s life is the stuff of legend. . . . McLain has created a voice that is lush and intricate to evoke a character who is enviably brave and independent.”NPR

“Bold, absorbing fiction.”—New York Daily News

“Paula McLain has such a gift for bringing characters to life. I loved discovering the singular Beryl Markham, with all her strengths and passions and complexities.”—Jojo Moyes, author of Me Before You

From the Hardcover edition.


  • Page Turner

    By Gitmogal
    this book had me on page 1. I loved every word and this wonderful tough broad came alive like an old friend you have not seen in years.
  • Fascinating and Captivating

    By IN1959
    Unfortunately finished this last night....want to read more about Beryl!
  • Circling the Sun

    By Cjruf
    I was so happy to find this book and I thoroughly enjoyed it! I had found "West with the NIght" written by Beryl Markham years ago and loved it so much! Although Circling with the Sun is a novel it fills in some gaps in Beryls life that were not in her book, specifically her relationship with Denys. I know that I will read this book again and again.
  • Circling the Sun

    By Riodeb
    I bought this book because I enjoyed The Paris Wife as summer reading. The best I can say is the author writes descriptive prose beautifully with great psychological observations; however, stealing Out of Africa and creating a poor pot boiler with this whiny, boring heroine made it impossible to finish the last quarter of it: To the author I say: Disappointing! Why waste my time? Why sully your artistry and reputation?
  • A role model for young women

    By Kazan153
    This book takes the reader to unfamiliar lands at time when women had few choices. The main character, Beryl, takes us on her journey from childhood to being a young woman. She bucks tradition and becomes a racehorse trainer and later, a pilot. Along the way she makes some bad choices but does not regret them because they help her to grow and learn and become an even stronger person. I enjoyed reading about an adventurous woman and learning about life in Africa at the beginning of the twentieth century.
  • The best

    By Alwaysmissbeth139
    This was the best read I've had in ages. The second half of the book kept me up till the wee hours. With vivid characters and poetic writing, the time in history and the land of Kenya come alive.
  • Circling The Sun

    By Queening 59
    Fantastic plot varies and descriptions of Africa not as interesting as I thought. But good read. Nothing will ever replace Out Of Africa
  • Excellent book

    By Left handed girl
    This book was a treasure to read. The characters were captivating and the plot moved along quickly. I look forward to reading more by this author.
  • Circling the Sun

    By Rose Bud too
    The book did not disappoint --- I felt I was in the early 1900. McLain is a gifted writer Anxiously awaiting her next novel!
  • Completely whisked me away

    By Hcolcl
    I devoured this book! I loved every word and every description. Another fantastic work by McLain!