the flight girls
“Rich historical detail, drama and dynamic characters…this saga has it all.” —Woman’s World magazine
A Forbes Best Historical Novel of Summer 2019
A Costco July Book Club Pick
A Woman’s World magazine “Best New Books” selection
Target Recommends Pick
“The Flight Girls by Noelle Salazar is an unforgettable and beautifully written historical novel about a fascinating piece of WWII history, the women pilots in the WASP program. Salazar masterfully weaves a story of female strength and friendship, with an emotionally resonant epic love story. I was completely swept up in the life of the fictional Audrey, whose strength, power, and desire to follow her own dream at all costs I found both engaging and inspiring -- I could not put this book down!” — Jillian Cantor, author of The Lost Letter and In Another Time
“It’s hard to believe that The Flight Girls is Noelle Salazar’s first novel. Noelle is a natural writer and storyteller. This World War II drama highlights the role of women pilots and the sacrifices they made for our country. I read well into the night, unable to stop. The book is unputdownable.” — Debbie Macomber, New York Times bestselling author of Window on the Bay
“Noelle Salazar has created a character for the ages… Through Audrey, Salazar brings to life the stories of so many others who joined the WASP program and whose tales have been lost to history. A fascinating, captivating and triumphant read.” — Roseanne Montillo, author of The Wilderness of Ruin and Atomic Women
A stunning story about the Women Airforce Service Pilots, whose courage during World War II turned ordinary women into extraordinary heroes.
1941. Audrey Coltrane has always wanted to fly. It’s why she implored her father to teach her at the little airfield back home in Texas. It’s why she signed up to train military pilots in Hawaii when the war in Europe began. And it’s why she insists she is not interested in any dream-derailing romantic involvements, even with the disarming Lieutenant James Hart, who fast becomes a friend as treasured as the women she flies with. Then one fateful day, she gets caught in the air over Pearl Harbor just as the bombs begin to fall, and suddenly, nowhere feels safe.
To make everything she’s lost count for something, Audrey joins the Women Airforce Service Pilots program. The bonds she forms with her fellow pilots reignite a spark of hope in the face war, and—especially when James goes missing in action—give Audrey the strength to cross the front lines and fight for everything she holds dear.
Shining a light on a little-known piece of history, The Flight Girls is a sweeping portrayal of women’s fearlessness in the face of adversity, and the power of friendship to make us soar.
Noelle Salazar was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, where she’s been a navy recruit, a medical assistant, an NFL cheerleader and always a storyteller. Noelle is a member of Pacific Northwest Writers Association and has twice been a finalist in their writing contest. The Flight Girls is her first novel.
Published in the US and Canada by MIRA, July 2019.