By Jennifer Reese
Updated March 17, 2020 at 02:58 AM EDT

The Little Balloonist

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In her airy bagatelle The Little Ballonist, Linda Donn doodles a fantasy about Sophie Blanchard, a real-life French balloonist in the 19th century, reimagined here as a humble girl from a fishing village who, married off to a wealthy older man she doesn’t love, takes up flying. Donn suggests loose parallels between Sophie’s ascent and the rise of another provincial phenomenon — Napoléon Bonaparte — who invites the heroine to become his ”official aeronaute” and unofficial bedmate. Donn weds history to fiction with a light hand — so light, in fact, that her vaporous little novel barely holds together.

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