PaulaMcLainAnn Patchett says, “Paula McLain is considered the new star of historical fiction, and for good reason. Circling the Sun … is both beautifully written and utterly engrossing.”

CirclingTheSunI’m right there with you, Ann Patchett: Circling the Sun brings to life the worlds of colonial Kenya in the 1920s, horse training and racing, and the heady days of early aviation. Add in a community of wealthy bohemian expats, a series of disastrous relationships, a passionate love triangle, and an exploration of the cost of freedom, and you have the engrossing Circling the Sun.

I heard McLain speak recently about her early years as a poet, why she loves historical fiction, and how she decides on topics (her previous book was the New York Times bestselling The Paris Wife), and wrote this article about her for The Women’s Eye.