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Penguin: Putnam Trade Summer 2019

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Eagle & Crane
By (author): Suzanne Rindell
9780399184307 Paperback, Trade English General Trade FICTION / Historical / General Jul 16, 2019
$22.00 CAD
Active 5.43 x 8.24 x 0.98 in 464 pages Putnam G.P. Putnam's Sons
Two daredevil flyers and the young woman they both love lie at the heart of this historical novel about the Japanese internment during World War II

Louis Thorn and Harry Yamada are Eagle & Crane, the star attraction of Earl Shaw’s Flying Circus, a daredevil flying act that traverses Depression-era California. Boyhood friends divided by family differences, Louis and Harry find themselves performing death-defying tricks together high above audiences. But their growing camaraderie is complicated by their feelings for Shaw’s smart and appealing stepdaughter, Ava Brooks. The bombing of Pearl Harbor shatters their world, as the U.S. government orders Harry Yamada and his family to join thousands of Japanese Americans in internment camps.

When one of the stunt planes mysteriously crashes and two bodies are discovered in the wreckage, authorities conclude that the victims were Harry and his father, who left the internment camp without permission. To the lone FBI agent assigned to the case, the details don’t add up, but no one involved seems willing to tell the truth. An absorbing mystery and story of love, Eagle & Crane explores race, family, and loyalty in a frought era of American history.

Story Locale: California during World War II

SPELLBINDING HISTORICAL FICTION. As she did so well in The Other Typist, Suzanne Rindell brings history to vivid life in Eagle and Crane—this time California in the days before World War II—as she tells the fascinating story of a group of men and women struggling to get by when the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor changes everything. This is evocative, appealing historical fiction we haven’t read before.

A TERRIFIC RETURN TO FORM. In Eagle & Crane, Rindellhas returned to the structure, focus, and pace that made The Other Typist a success.

AN EXPLORATION OF IMPORTANT ISSUES. Rindell pairs her storytelling with a compelling examination of the anti-Japanese sentiment during World War II and how it affected legal immigrants and their children born in the U.S.—issues that we are still confronting today.

AN AUTHOR WHO KNOWS THE LANDSCAPE. Rindell was raised in the part of California where Eagle & Crane is set, and the novel springs from stories she heard growing up of family friends who were forcibly interned at such camps.

STRONG PAPERBACK SALES TRACK. Since the success of The Other Typist, Suzanne’s novels have traditionally sold better in paperback, and her readers will be primed and excited for this edition.

Suzanne Rindell is the author of two previous novels, The Other Typist and Three-Martini Lunch. She earned her Ph.D. in literature from Rice University, and divides her time between New York and California.

Author Residence: San Francisco, CA

Author Hometown: Sacramento, CA

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“Rindell joins the ranks of popular historical fiction authors Kristin Hannah and Kate Quinn with this fast-paced, gripping novel.”—Library Journal (starred review)

“Masterfully told, completely immersive, with indepth characters who illustrate the social complexities of the time, this is an unforgettable historical novel, similar in impact to Snow Falling on Cedars, by David Guterson, and Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, by Jamie Ford.”—Booklist (starred review)

“Rindell’s sweeping generational saga will please fans of immersive, meticulously researched historicals.”—Publishers Weekly

“Suzanne Rindell takes to the heavens in this glorious story of two daring aviators during the Great Depression. She’s written an epic love story set against a time of upheaval, suspicion, and change. A magnificent novel from a great writer.”—Adriana Trigiani, author of Kiss Carlo

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