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Publication Date: May 1, 2023
Publisher: Atmosphere Press
List Price: $18.99 USD Trade Paperback
Page Count: 318
Harkins makes her debut with a stellar story, taking readers on one woman’s journey to find her way in life. Casablanca, French Morocco, 1953. Six-year-old American Cindy Hollingsworth possesses a free spirit that wants to fly but growing up in a conservative household has crushed her spirit fully. When she joins Pan American Airlines as a stewardess, she decides to explore the world, embarking on a search that will lead her to places around the world. Along the way, she meets women with a sense of purpose, who help her see herself in a new light. The immediacy of Harkins’ lyrical prose places readers alongside Cindy, who as a young girl struggles with insecurities and self-doubt but eventually comes to realize her self-worth. Harkins writes about Cindy’s travel journeys with the enthusiasm of a fellow traveler, imbuing the pages with intriguing details and beautifully capturing the wanderlust of distant and unknown. Told in Cindy’s first-person voice, the narrative deftly balances the past and the present, teasing out the characters’ backstories. The perfectly paced plot offers real insight into love, loss, adventure, self-discovery, feminine strength, and how the power to shape our lives lies nowhere else but within. This first-rate story is sure to win Harkins many fans.
Categories: Fiction, literary fiction
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