The Book: Circling the Sun, by Paula McLain
The Blurb: 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.
The Babble: Circling the Sun opened up an entire new world for me! I’d never heard of Beryl Markham, read her West with the Night or Karen Blixen’s Out of Africa, oversights I plan to correct very soon. Apart from being a gorgeously written tribute to East Africa, Paula McLain’s Circling the Sun is a captivating fictional biography of Beryl Markham, female pioneer of the early 20th century. McLain’s Markham is fearless, determined and maybe even a little wild. I loved her!
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