Great Escape by superstar writer Maggie Shipstead is the kind of novel you’ll want to binge read until your eyes bug out but can’t because it’s so long they’d dry up and fall out instead. That length (589 pages) is a good thing, because this book is one of the best we’ve ever read. It tells the intertwined stories of an aviatrix in 1914 and an actress cast to play her a century later. But don’t be put off by the mostly female cast; both men and women are raving over it in reviews. Highbrow Kirkus Reviews says, “Shipstead reveals breathtaking range and skill, expertly juggling a multigenerational historical epic and a scandal-soaked Hollywood satire, with scenes playing out on land, at sea, and in the air.” And those scenes are packed with humor, longing, famous characters, adventure, disappearance, love, and death. I bought it on a Monday, started reading it on a Tuesday, and felt my family life start to fizzle that Wednesday, because I no longer cared about anything but reading this book.