Netflix has made a great new series titled Transatlantic based the novel The Flight Portfolio by Julie Orringer. The streaming service has done an excellent film creation of this WWII story by staying close to the book. The seven part series released in April 2023 stars Cory Michael Smith as Varian Fry and Gillian Thomas as Madeline. Great casting!
Check our our overview of The Flight Portfolio and our review her novel The Invisible Bridge right here at GGR.
I always felt that The Invisible Bridge was also worthy of a screenplay but thrilled to see The Flight Portfolio now streaming. Orringer is a terrific writer.
Julie Orringer is back with her second Novel titled The Flight Portfolio. The theme is similar to her first in one aspect, escape from the Nazi’s. In that Novel, The Invisible Bridge, Orringer chronicled the escape of the protagonists grandparents from Hungary. ( See gordonsgoodreads.com). The Flight Portfoliotracks the courageous adventure of Varian Fry, a young American in Marseilles, France seeking to help famous artists and writers escape Nazi tyranny. Among them are Chagall, Hannah Arndt, and Max Ernst. Fry works under the auspices of an American funded philanthropy, The Emergency Rescue Committee. Orringer makes clear that the Varian Fry part of her book is in fact a well researched work of non-fiction.
In the midst of the daring intrigue of Fry’s daily work, Orringer introduces a parallel story line. A former Harvard classmate, Elliott Grant, and unconventional lover of Fry’s is also in Marseilles, himself seeking to save the son of yet another individual from the hands of Nazi’s. The story line becomes tense as Fry’s homosexual relationship with Grant complicates the mission.
Julie Orringer’s writing is splendid and enjoyable. Her work is always intricately researched and clearly presented. A novelist who will certainly provide her readers with much future enjoyment.
How To Swim Underwater, short stories by Julie Orringer. Wonderful.