My second novel, FLIGHT OF DREAMS, was just published. And I have to admit that I’m not sure I’ll ever get used to putting those words in print (…my novel was just published…) Because here’s the truth: writing novels is the only thing I’ve ever wanted to do. The fact that I am here, doing it, falls in the realm of miraculous for me. And even though I’ve done this before I still find that I’m a bit shy drawing attention to myself. Maybe because it’s all very overwhelming? Or perhaps because there is no intelligent way to explain how I feel (exclamation marks and emojis just don’t seem to get the job done)? What I do know is that I hope you read FLIGHT OF DREAMS. I know that you have great taste in books. I know you’re smart and discerning and you love novels that keep you up past your bedtime. I’ve done my very best to write you a story that is worth reading, and then sharing with your friends. Because that’s what we do here: we share the stories we love. I just happen to have written this particular one. So it is with great excitement that I invite you to join this wonderful, bright, book-loving community in reading FLIGHT OF DREAMS this month. We’re going to have the best time discussing history and tragedy and hope. We’ll get to know the real men and women who traveled on board the Hindenburg. And I’ll be here, the entire time, telling you what I’ve learned along the way. So please do grab your copy–they’re available wherever books are sold–and join us back here. Because I’m really looking forward to book club this month!
At every page a guilty secret bobs up; at every page Lawhon keeps us guessing. Who will bring down the Hindenburg? And how?”
— New York Times Book Review
From a dazzling new voice in historical fiction, FLIGHT OF DREAMS is an utterly suspenseful, heart-wrenching novel that vividly brings the fateful voyage of the Hindenburg to life.
On the evening of May 3rd, 1937, ninety-seven people board the Hindenburg for its final, doomed flight to Lakehurst, New Jersey. Among them are a frightened stewardess who is not what she seems; the steadfast navigator determined to win her heart; a naive cabin boy eager to earn a permanent spot on the world’s largest airship; an impetuous journalist who has been blacklisted in her native Germany; and an enigmatic American businessman with a score to settle. Over the course of three hazy, champagne-soaked days their lies, fears, agendas, and hopes for the future are revealed.
Flight of Dreams is a fiercely intimate portrait of the real people on board the last flight of the Hindenburg. Behind them is the gathering storm in Europe and before them is looming disaster. But for the moment they float over the Atlantic, unaware of the inexorable, tragic fate that awaits them.
Brilliantly exploring one of the most enduring mysteries of the twentieth century, Flight of Dreams is that rare novel with spellbinding plotting that keeps you guessing till the last page and breathtaking emotional intensity that stays with you long after.
Ariel Lawhon has real vision and the writing chops to back it up. She weaves the voices and lives of the Hindenburg’s doomed–and surviving–passengers together in intricate fashion, linking them at startling intersections that bind them into a single, riveting tale. It’s a fascinating blend of love and murder, big dreams and betrayal, history and pure imagination–I could not put it down.”
— Sara Gruen, New York Times bestselling author of Water for Elephants and At the Water’s Edge
For her second outing, Lawhon once again reimagines a front-page news event, filling in the entertaining backstory with passion, secrets, and nail-biting suspense, this time taking on the disastrous crash of the Hindenburg in 1937…Lawhon threads many stories together, connecting passengers and crew and bringing behind-the-scenes depth and humanity to a great 20th-century tragedy—even though we all know theHindenburg’s fate.”