This sleek, stylish
novel set in 1940s New York, between the shock of Pearl Harbor and the landing
of American troops in Europe, is a deft, romantic novel about a wartime love triangle
involving a twenty-two-year-old fashion designer poised to launch her career;
the French expatriate writer and war pilot, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, who’s
left his Nazi-occupied country and come to Manhattan for a month, only to stay
for two years; and his beautiful, estranged Salvadoran wife determined to win
back her husband at all costs—and seductions.
Paris under occupation by Hitler’s troops, New York’s Mayor La Guardia has vowed
to turn his city into the new fashion capital of the world. A handful of
American designers are set to become the industry’s brightest names, and
Mignonne Lachapelle is determined to be among them. Her ambition and ethics are
clear until she falls for the celebrated and tormented adventurer Captain
In New York, Saint-Ex writes a new book on the fall of France, Flight to Arras,
and collects (a year late) his National Book Award for Wind, Sand, and Stars. But he suffers under exile and, to
distract himself from his malaise, begins work on a new book at his US publisher’s
offhand suggestion: an exotic fable.
Mig’s tempestuous, romantic relationship with Saint-Ex is straightforward, but the
greatest complication will come in the form of his deceptively simple
manuscript about a petit bonhomme in the Sahara Desert fallen to earth on a
journey across the planets.
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