“At every page a guilty secret bobs up; at every page Lawhon keeps us guessing. Who will bring down the Hindenburg? And how?”
— THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW
“An enthralling nail-biter…”
— PEOPLE MAGAZINE
From a dazzling new voice in historical fiction, FLIGHT OF DREAMS is an utterly suspenseful, heart-wrenching novel that vividly brings the fateful voyage of the Hindenburg to life.
On the evening of May 3rd, 1937, ninety-seven people board the Hindenburg for its final, doomed flight to Lakehurst, New Jersey. Among them are a frightened stewardess who is not what she seems; the steadfast navigator determined to win her heart; a naive cabin boy eager to earn a permanent spot on the world’s largest airship; an impetuous journalist who has been blacklisted in her native Germany; and an enigmatic American businessman with a score to settle. Over the course of three hazy, champagne-soaked days their lies, fears, agendas, and hopes for the future are revealed.
FLIGHT OF DREAMS is a fiercely intimate portrait of the real people on board the last flight of the Hindenburg. Behind them is the gathering storm in Europe and before them is looming disaster. But for the moment they float over the Atlantic, unaware of the inexorable, tragic fate that awaits them.
Brilliantly exploring one of the most enduring mysteries of the twentieth century, FLIGHT OF DREAMS is that rare novel with spellbinding plotting that keeps you guessing till the last page and breathtaking emotional intensity that stays with you long after.
What others are saying about FLIGHT OF DREAMS:
“In FLIGHT OF DREAMS, Ariel Lawhon masterfully re-imagines the infamous Hindenburg tragedy in uniquely human terms, and the result is a spectacular page-turner of class and distinction. Intricately plotted and deftly characterized, this beautifully written novel is wonderfully satisfying – historical fiction at its best.” — Alex George, internationally bestselling author of A GOOD AMERICAN
“Ariel Lawhon has real vision and the writing chops to back it up. She weaves the voices and lives of the Hindenburg’s doomed–and surviving–passengers together in intricate fashion, linking them at startling intersections that bind them into a single, riveting tale. It’s a fascinating blend of love and murder, big dreams and betrayal, history and pure imagination–I could not put it down.” — Sara Gruen, New York Times Bestselling author of WATER FOR ELEPHANTS and AT THE WATER’S EDGE
“A magnificent, tour-de-force story, FLIGHT OF DREAMS will break your heart and satisfy every conspiracy theorist who’s wondered what really happened to the Hindenburg. Simply spectacular—I’ve never read anything like it. Lawhon has written the book of the year. She’s a writer to watch—now, and for many years to come.” — J.T. Ellison, New York Times bestselling author of WHAT LIES BEHIND
“FLIGHT OF DREAMS enthralls, taking the reader on the doomed last flight of the Hindenburg with a story so vivid, it is impossible to pull away. Mystery, romance – it is all here, told in a mesmerizing tale.” – Kate Alcott, New York Times bestselling author of THE DRESSMAKER and A TOUCH OF STARDUST
“It’s a sign of an extremely talented writer who can take a story that’s been told before and tell it in a completely new imaginative way that is so compelling and exciting. Even the manner in which the novel is structured adds to the tension of the story.” — Charles Belfoure, New York Times bestselling author of THE PARIS ARCHITECT and HOUSE OF THIEVES