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The Flight Portfolio

by Julie Orringer

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The Flight Portfolio by Julie Orringer
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    May 2019, 576 pages

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An electrifying story of heroism during WWII based on the life of Varian Fry, an American journalist who ran rescue missions out of Nazi-occupied France.

At once a sweeping historical narrative, an insightful character study and a tender romance, Julie Orringer's The Flight Portfolio defies easy categorization. Recounting the true story of Varian Fry, an American journalist tasked with the daunting mission of rescuing Europe's most prominent artists, writers and philosophers from Nazi-occupied France, Orringer seamlessly blends fact with fiction. Operating in ever-increasing danger, Varian navigates the treacherous waters of the American truce with France and works hard to convince his charges of the need to escape. All the while, his personal life and marriage are thrown into upheaval with the arrival of a past lover, one who has a dangerous favor to ask. Orringer strings these many storylines together with the precision of a master at work, creating a richly-imagined glimpse into America's tumultuous past.

Though much has been ...

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