Set in the 1930s, this is a novel about a husband and wife who travel across the United States performing acts of aerial daring and a chance encounter they have with William Faulkner that has unexpected consequences for all.
by Taylor Brown
St. Martin’s Press, April 2022
One part epic adventure, one part love story, and—as is the signature for critically-acclaimed author Taylor Brown—one large part American history, WINGWALKERS follows Della and Zeno Marigold, a vagabond couple who fund their journey to the west coast in the middle of the Great Depression by performing death-defying aerial stunts from town to town. Woven into their story is that of the author (and thwarted fighter pilot) William Faulkner. Based on a tantalizing tidbit from Faulkner’s real life, this novel captures the true essence of a bygone era and sheds a new light on the heart and motivations of one of America’s greatest authors.
Taylor Brown grew up on the Georgia coast. He has lived in Buenos Aires, San Francisco, and the mountains of western North Carolina. He is the recipient of the Montana Prize in Fiction and a finalist for the Southern Book Prize. His novels include Fallen Land, The River of Kings, Gods of Howl Mountain, and Pride of Eden, and his short fiction and essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Rumpus, Garden & Gun, The Bitter Southerner, Chautuaqua, Southwest Review, and many others. He lives in Savannah, Georgia.