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The Chinese Widow by Wilson Hurley is a stunning novel about a young pilot stationed in the South Pacific who struggles to survive after his plane crashes in Borneo. Based on the author's own experiences as a rescue pilot, The Chinese Widow delves into the heart and mind of Lieutenant James Westland, whose assignment with the 13th Air Force turns into a lifetime when his plane is downed in the jungle. Despite his struggle to stay alive, he sees a new beauty and peace in the world, maturing even as he faces death. Gorgeously written and beautifully told, the book is filled with a stirring authenticity. Hurley spent more than a year with a crew of six on a Catalina Flying Boat locating crashed military aircraft and retrieving the remains of the crew.
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Wilson Hurley was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma and graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1945. He also earned a law degree at George Washington University. At the end of WWII, Hurley was stationed in the South Pacific as an Air-Sea Rescue pilot. He later flew a tour as a Forward Air Controller in Vietnam. A former military pilot, engineer and attorney, he is now a professional painter, and has become well-known for his sweeping landscapes.
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