The Flamboyant by Lori Marie Carlson

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In the tradition of Beryl Markham's West with the Night, The Flamboyant tells the story of Lenora Demarest, a strong–willed, soft–spoken American beauty intent on becoming the first aviatrix in her adopted country of Puerto Rico.

Born in 1900, on the cusp of divergent eras, Lenora epitomises the glamorous, wealthy, adventurous women of the 1920s and 1930s who balanced romantic, Victorian sensibilities with decidedly modern forays into traditionally male arenas. When an affair with a dashing aviator and friendship with the spirited Amelia Earhart awaken her passion for flying, Lenora – captivated by two cultures and loved by two men – finds herself on an exhilarating path towards independence. Set against the vibrant backdrop of colonial politics, The Flamboyant pays tribute to a woman generations ahead of her time.


About Lori Marie Carlson

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Lori Marie Carlson was born in Jamestown, New York. She holds an M.A. in Hispanic Literature from Indiana University and has taught at several universities. Carlson is also the author of seven books for young adults, including the acclaimed "Cool Salsa. The Sunday Tertulia" is her first novel. She lives in New York City.
Published April 1, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 260 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Business & Economics, Humor & Entertainment, Biographies & Memoirs, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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A pleasant if somewhat vague debut about an aviatrix in the 1920s.

May 20 2010 | Read Full Review of The Flamboyant

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Based on the life of pioneering aviatrix Clara Livingston, Carlson's sedate novel tells the surprisingly muted story of an adventurous young woman's coming of age. Lenora Demarest is 16 whe

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