L.S. Klepp
May 16, 1997 AT 04:00 AM EDT

I Was Amelia Earhart

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Jane Mendelsohn
publisher
Knopf
genre
Historical Fiction, Fiction

We gave it a C

This solemn first novel, I Was Amelia Earhart, envisions pioneering pilot Amelia Earhart, and her navigator, Fred Noonan, surviving on a Pacific island after their 1937 disappearance. Jane Mendelsohn provides some evocative moments, but her Earhart is a touchy-feely narcissist, an implausible makeover of the matter-of-fact aviator. C

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