Reviews for Flying Time


Flying Time wins the 2015 Saskatchewan Book Awards University of Regina Book of the Year Award.

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Suzanne North chatted about her Saskatchewan Book Award nominations, Flying Time, and the real Mr. Miyashita with the host of Radio Book Club on CFCR.

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"Flying Time is a beautifully written evocation of a particular time in the life of Canadians. Most importantly it is a book with a heart, a brain and a funny bone." —Gail Bowen

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Flying Time received three shortlist nominations for the Saskatchewan Book Awards: the University of Regina Book of the Year, the City of Regina Fiction Award, and the City of Saskatoon and Public Library Saskatoon Book Award.

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"While [Suzanne North] is delivering a wealth of history, geology, art and Canada during the war, she also serves up a cracking good . . . rich memoir of an interesting life." —Calgary Herald


"Flying Time is an example of what literary historical fiction does well: provides a snapshot of a time and place through the small evolutions in relationships in a clearly defined context. Northís evocation of Calgary in 1939 is masterly, a clear sketch that is never too heavy on detail. Her writing style is fluid, chatty, and engaging, and the pages of this novel flew by." óHistorical Novels Review

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"Flying Time is not a flattering portrayal of Canada. It takes a hard, critical look at the undercurrents of racial tension that cut the [Japanese people] out of Calgary society, and the government-endorsed racism that saw them and thousands like them interned and their possessions sold off years later." —The National Post

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"North, an accomplished mystery writer, has crafted a very readable story, and has a deft touch with dialog. She has done some credible research into a long-past time and place in bringing this story to life." —Pan Am Historical Society

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"North has a completely engaging style." —The Saskatoon StarPhoenix

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"Flying Time first captures and holds interest with its beautiful story-telling and then takes a suspenseful turn, leading it to 'can't-put-it-down' territory." —Alberta Views


"Flying Time is about how people used to talk, how they used to think. Itís about how a city used to be. Itís a story about memory, of civic and national tragedy, set against the epochs of geological time that have been brushed to the surface." —The Winnipeg Review


"Suzanne Northís Flying Time is a beautiful novel, brimming with intelligence, heart and wit. At the centre of the novel is protagonist Kay Jeynesí journey from San Francisco to Hong Kong on the Pan American flying boat. Kay is fundamentally changed by what the trip teaches her about love, loss and life. Flying Time is transformative for readers too. Donít miss the experience!" óGail Bowen, author of the Joanne Kilbourn Shreve mystery series

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"Anyone who has read Suzanne Northís mysteries knows that she can spin a great yarn. In Flying Time, she reveals herself to be, quite simply, a wonderful writer. Her new novel is filled with unforgettable characters in a richly imagined world. The result is original, genuinely moving and completely enjoyable." —Candace Savage, author of A Geography of Blood, winner of the 2012 Hilary Weston Writersí Trust Nonfiction Prize