Party to launch new McLain novel
Published 9:07 am, Friday, July 10, 2015
Barrett Bookstore will host Paula McLain, author of the “The Paris Wife,” for the launch her new novel, “Circling the Sun,” at 7 p.m. July 28 at the Darien Community Association, 274 Middlesex Road.
“ ‘The Paris Wife’ was a huge book for us, and the favorite selection of many local book clubs,” said Sheila Daley, owner of Barrett Bookstore. “We feel privileged to have Ms. McLain come to Darien on the publication date of her new book.”
Set during the 1920s and 1930s, “Circling the Sun” tells the story of Beryl Markham, a fearless girl growing up in the farmlands of Kenya. Beryl’s family moves to Africa from London because of her father’s dream to begin a horse farm, and while Beryl loves it, Beryl’s mother does not and leaves. Beryl is raised by her father and the native Kipsigis tribe who share his estate, but primarily she learns how to take care of herself. She sets her own path, learning to become a horse trainer, as her father was, in a time when no woman had done so. Her rambunctious style attracts the eye of the Happy Valley set, a bohemian community of European expats, who also live and love by their own set of rules. It is within this crowd that she meets Denys Finch Hatton, a safari hunter, and Karen Blixen, author of the classic memoir, “Out of Africa,” and becomes involved in a passionate love triangle. The affair also introduces her to her other great passion, aviation. 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.
Tickets, $28, may be purchased at the bookstore (203-655-2712) or at barrettbookstore.com. A signed copy of the book, wine and refreshments are included in the ticket price.