Our Active Listening series continues with Letters to Amelia, Lindsay Zier-Vogel’s critically-acclaimed debut novel which combines the contemporary story of a newly single woman who finds herself unexpectedly pregnant with a passionate epistolary love affair between iconic American aviator and feminist icon Amelia Earhart and Gene Vidal. “Letters to Amelia is a gorgeous, big-hearted debut that will make you feel like you are flying, and Zier-Vogel is a writer whose career is about to soar,” writes author Amy Jones. In a review for the Toronto Star, Nancy Wigston applauds Letters to Amelia for the way it brings Earhart’s “brave, soaring spirit” to life.
We asked Lindsay to create an official Letters to Amelia playlist—which you can find below and listen to on Spotify—and to share her thoughts about it with readers:
“This playlist is full of flight and flying, and finding your own way. It’s about the loneliness of breakups, and finding one’s own feet. Neko Case’s ‘Lady Pilot,’ Sarah Harmer’s ‘Lodestar,’ and Joni Mitchell’s Amelia’ all feel really close to Amelia Earhart (and I feel like Amelia would love and respect all three artists). (Confession: I listened to the Department of Eagles’ ‘In Ear Park’ soundtrack on loop for years while writing Letters to Amelia. I listened to it so often that if I ever hear it out of context—at the grocery store, or anywhere out in the world—I feel instantly like I should be writing.”