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The Flight Portfolio by Julie Orringer
Historical fiction

The Flight Portfolio

by Julie Orringer

Quick take

Love, sacrifice, and persecution in WWII-era France.

Good to know

  • Emotional

  • 400+ pages

  • LGBTQ+ friendly

  • Real-life characters


  • Large cast of characters
  • Slow pace
  • Lengthy read

Why I love it

Before I tell you why I *loved* this book, let me tell you why I thought I wouldn’t: 1) It’s over 500 pages, which often makes me wish a book had been more harshly edited. 2) It’s about World War II, and, having read more World War II novels than I can count, I’ve grown tired of tropes that often repeat in these stories. 3) I picked it up during a massive reading slump that left me no choice but t...


In 1940, Varian Fry—a Harvard educated American journalist—traveled to Marseille carrying three thousand dollars and a list of imperiled artists and writers he hoped to rescue within a few weeks. Instead, he ended up staying in France for thirteen months, working under the veil of a legitimate relief organization to procure false documents, amass emergency funds, and set up an underground railroad...


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    May 2019