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Flying Jenny

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A young female pilot brashly defies gender restrictions in the Roaring Twenties.

Forthcoming: 5/1/18

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What people are saying…

“It is August, 1929, and this romp through the early days of women’s aviation history arrives with all the immediacy of a late-night edition. Theasa Tuohy memorably limns the adventures of not one but two pioneering women. Debutante pilot Jenny Flynn and cub reporter Laura Bailey carry the spunk of Thelma & Louise to new heights as they fight for space in the cockpit and the city room.”
—Janet Groth, author of The Receptionist: An Education at The New Yorker


Description

A historical fiction novel on Akashic’s Kaylie Jones Books imprint.

People are doing all sorts of screwy things in 1929. It is a time of hope, boundless optimism, and prosperity. “Blue Skies” is the song on everyone’s lips. The tabloids are full of flagpole sitters, flappers, and marathon dancers. Ever since Charles Lindbergh flew across the Atlantic solo, the entire world has gone nuts over flying. But everyone agrees that the stunt pilots take the cake.

Jenny Flynn defies the odds and conventions in her pursuit of the sky. She attracts the attention of Laura Bailey, a brash reporter crashing through her own glass ceiling at a New York City newspaper. Laura chases the pilot’s story—and the truth about her own mysterious father—on a barnstorming escapade from Manhattan to the Midwest.

Flying Jenny is a vivid portrait of an earlier time when airplanes drew swarming crowds entranced by the pioneers—male and female—of flight.

Kaylie Jones is the award-winning author of five novels and a memoir. She teaches writing at two MFA programs and lives in New York City.


Book Details

  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Published: 5/1/18
  • IBSN: 9781617756214
  • e-IBSN: 9781617756450

Author

THEASA TUOHY is the daughter and namesake of a pioneering pilot who flew an old World War I “Jenny” with an OX-5 engine. She is the author of The Five O’Clock Follies and is a longtime journalist who worked for five daily newspapers and the Associated Press. Her “first woman” stints include assistant city editor at the Detroit News and the copydesk at the (Newark) Star-Ledger. Tuohy lives in Manhattan. Flying Jenny is her latest novel.

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