Club Book Episode 137 Maggie Shipstead
Maggie Shipstead is the author behind Great Circle, one of the most anticipated, best reviewed, and bestselling fiction releases of 2021. Her modern masterpiece intertwines the stories of Marian Graves, an aviation daredevil patterned after Amelia Earhart, and a Hollywood ingenue who attempts to adapt Marian’s larger-than-life story for the big screen a century later. In a starred review, Kirkus Reviews raves: “Whether Shipstead is creating scenes in the Prohibition-era American West, in wartime London, or on a Hollywood movie set, her thorough research… allows for [a uniquely] immersive experience.” Great Circle is also shaped in part by the author’s globe-trekking work as a travel writer. The Today Show selected the novel as the May 2021 pick for the popular #ReadWithJenna book club, and the title put the author in contention for the hyper-competitive Booker Prize. Shipstead’s prior novels include her debut Seating Arrangements (2012), an uproarious satire about upper-crust New England society and winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.