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When a near shipwreck strands a young couple on an uncharted island in the Pacific, they encounter a mysterious woman who may or may not be the legendary aviator Amelia Earhart but who has been stranded on the reomote strip of land for more than forty years
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A novel that offers a possible solution to the disappearance of Amelia Earhart, Hidden Latitudes finds her as an elderly castaway, stranded for more than 40 years on an unknown island. When a damaged sailboat approaches the island, Earhart considers lighting a signal fire as she has done each time a ship was near, but then she has second thoughts, wondering whether a rescue would still be worth it. As she secretly watches Robin and Lucy repair their boat, she struggles with whether to leave the island that's become her home or re-enter the world from which she came, a place that now seems unknown and dangerous.From Kirkus Reviews:
Yet another novel--also a debut--about the secret life of Amelia Earhart after the crash (see Jane Mendelsohn's I Was Amelia Earhart, p. 252). This time, we get two stories for the price of one, since the narrative concerns itself not only with Earhart's putative survival as the solitary inhabitant of an uncharted Pacific atoll but with the fate of a much younger American couple whose sailboat goes aground on the very same shore. Earhart functions here as a kind of beachcomber Thoreau, calmly recording the meager events of the day in her journal and gradually becoming resigned to her lonely fate: ``I have lived on my memories, after all,'' she reflects. ``I have read them over and over like books unworn by time, unchanged because my perspective so rarely changes.'' Robin and Lucy, however, were having problems getting along even during their cruise, and after the shipwreck they bear up to their new circumstances with all the good grace of a couple of yuppies who take the wrong interchange and find themselves lost in the inner city. Implausibly enough, Earhart is still living when they arrive (in the late 1970s), but she keeps apart, spying on the couple as they argue, make love on the beach, repair the ship, and get ready to set off. She considers confronting them but holds back--until Lucy discovers Earhart's footprint on the beach, and she and Robin nearly kill themselves looking for her. Along the way, we learn about the catastrophe that stranded Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan on the atoll during their ill-fated 1937 attempt to circumnavigate the globe, the inevitable love affair the two finally gave themselves over to, Fred's demise, and Earhart's early, pathetic, doomed attempts to escape. The resolution, in which nothing is resolved, leaves Earhart at home on her island while Robin and Lucy return to their unhappy lives in the larger world they came from. Beautifully written and controlled but ultimately pointless: a splendid exercise with no central theme. -- Copyright ©1996, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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