Ep. 135: Alena Dillon on the Unknown Stories of Female Pilots in WWII and the Costs of Unfulfilled Ambitions

Today Alena Dillon is back on the podcast to discuss Eyes Turned Skyward, an unforgettable dual timeline novel about a daughter discovering her mother’s past as a female pilot during World War II, while also starting a new chapter in her own life.


Eyes Turned Skyward is a powerful examination of the cost—emotional, familial, generational—when women are denied their right to soar… Alena Dillon’s poetic prose and complex characters will linger long after the last page is turned!” — Kate Quinn, New York Times bestselling author

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About the Author:

Alena Dillon is the author of Mercy House, a Library Journal Best Book of 2020, The Happiest Girl in the World, a Good Morning America pick, My Body Is A Big Fat Temple, a memoir of pregnancy and early parenting, and Eyes Turned Skyward. Alena’s work has appeared in publications including The Daily BeastLitHubRiver Teeth, Slice MagazineThe Rumpus, and Bustle. She teaches creative writing and lives on the north shore of Boston with her husband, children, black lab, and lots of books. Learn more: https://www.alenadillon.com

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Happy Reading and Listening,

Laura Szaro Kopinski


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