Amelia Earhart and her 1937 disappearance in the Pacific have captured the imaginations of generations of people around the world. The enduring mystery has life-altering impact on the three central characters in this novel. In one way or another, they are each Making Up Amelia.
There is Garrett Howland, a young American who watches Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan, take off on their final flight one July morning in 1937 in Lae, New Guinea -- and then spends the rest of his life trying to make up for something he did.
There is Jodie deSpain, a lab technician working at a hospital on the island of Guam who, in one magical inter island flight in 1967, acquires two new passions and -- for one morning, at least -- finds herself making herself up to look like Amelia Earhart.
And there is Laura Monroe, a journalist who, in 1983, makes a sentimental return journey to the Mariana Islands hoping to share them with her teenaged daughter. Laura discovers that something she and her friends made up as a prank many years before has come back to haunt her tropical idyll and threaten the future of her journalism career.
As the novel unfolds in three interlocking stories, the reader may come to agree with William Faulkner that, "The past is not dead; in fact, itıs not even past."
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