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The Flight Portfolio by Julie Orringer
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Varian Fry deserves better than this novel, “The Flight Portfolio.”

During World War II, Fry -- an American journalist and upper-class scion --rescued nearly 2,000 artists, intellectuals and political activists, including Marc Chagall and Hannah Arendt, from Nazi-controlled Europe. And indeed, author Julie Orringer dutifully details nearly every example in her way-too-long second novel.

But, apparently in an attempt to humanize Fry, Orringer has picked up a controversial rumor that he was a closeted gay. That would be okay if she hadn’t handled this second plot line so badly. In almost every chapter, Fry is brooding over whether his long-lost lover Elliott Grant really wants him and whether to come out of the closet. Oh, and by the way, here’s another artist to rescue.

Read one of the many (and shorter) biographies of Fry, instead – or even better, one of the books Fry himself wrote.
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