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 Portfolio tracks 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.