In the midst of the Great Depression, Chloe Boisvert arrives in rural Louisiana from New Orleans by way of Paris, France, to live with her aunt and estranged sister. She develops a friendship with PJ, a runaway who also just arrived in town. Chloe and PJ each long to live in larger worlds, and as Chloe struggles as an African-American girl under Jim Crow, PJ finds just such a life as a pilot with the Flying Tigers, American mercenaries fighting for China prior to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor which signaled the United States’ entry into World War II. When PJ returns home, he and Chloe face new challenges and opportunities as they strive for meaningful lives and happiness in wartime America.
A fascinating historical novel and dazzling coming of age story, Chloe’s Mistigri navigates a complex world filled with beauty and tragedy. From the advent of blues music and jazz age Paris through to depression era Louisiana, from war-torn China to wartime New York and Havana, where else can we find a story of love and courage that so stunningly intertwines our friends with the likes of Louis Armstrong, Josephine Baker, Madame Chiang Kai-shek, Ernest Hemingway, and the famous mobster Meyer Lansky? Only here, in Chloe’s Mistigri, a mesmerizing tale of joy, sorrow and hope set against a backdrop of factual detail that wasn’t included in your history classes.