Theasa Tuohy, novelist, journalist and playwright, has worked for five daily newspapers and the Associated Press. She has happily turned her life experience and reporting skills to fiction featuring female reporters. Both her debut novel, The Five O’Clock Follies, and now Flying Jenny, were finalist for the Oklahoma Book Award. As a playwright, Theasa co-authored the book, or libretto, of Lorenzo and Lady C, an award-winning show about the life of D. H. Lawrence. She is currently working on a mystery series set in Paris. She is a native of Oklahoma City, a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, and lives in New York City.
About Flying Jenny
People are doing all sorts of screwy things in 1929. It is a time of hope, boundless optimism, and prosperity. “Blue Skies” is the song on everyone’s lips. The tabloids are full of flagpole sitters, flappers, and marathon dancers. Ever since Charles Lindbergh flew across the Atlantic solo, the entire world has gone nuts over flying. But everyone agrees that the stunt pilots take the cake.
Jenny Flynn defies the odds and conventions in her pursuit of the sky. She attracts the attention of Laura Bailey, a brash reporter crashing through her own glass ceiling at a New York City newspaper. Laura chases the pilot’s story–and the truth about her own mysterious father–on a barnstorming escapade from Manhattan to the Midwest.
Flying Jenny offers a vivid portrait of an earlier time when airplanes drew swarming crowds entranced by the pioneers–male and female–of flight.