Michael Malone first had the idea for his latest novel, The Four Corners of the Sky, in 1999, while on a college road trip with his daughter Maggie. At a stop at Annapolis, Maggie posed next to a jet plane and made a comment about wanting to fly one someday. “The image of what that would be for a young woman, what kind of person would succeed at that, stayed in my mind and was the start of the novel,” says Malone.

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