In 1939, Kay Jeynes goes to work for Hero Miyashita, the only Japanese businessman in town. Kay is young and working-class, while Mr. Miyashita is elderly, Oxford-educated, and rich. Despite their differences, a friendship develops between them in the peaceful vacuum of Mr. Miyashita's office. But outside in the real world, war looms, and relations between Canada and its Japanese population grow steadily worse. When it becomes impossible for Mr. Miyashita to leave Canada, he asks Kay to travel to Hong Kong as his representative on important family business. She crosses the Pacific Ocean as the Japanese navy is manoeuvring into position for the attack on Pearl Harbor. For Kay, what begins as a dream voyage becomes a nightmare of danger and betrayal. Flying Time is the story of an unusual friendship set in the turbulent and racially charged times of the Second World War.
About the Author
Suzanne North was born and raised in Calgary and now lives in Saskatoon. She is the author of the Phoebe Fairfax mystery series and has written for magazines as well as for CBC Television and documentary films. She has also worked variously as a bibliographic searcher at a university library, a waitress, a high school teacher, a television announcer, a pianist at a ballet school, and an unbalanced bookkeeper. Flying Time is her first literary novel.