The Art of Crash Landing
A NovelBook - 2015 | First edition.
"A poignant, darkly funny debut novel about a young woman who travels--penniless, pregnant, and homeless--to her deceased mother's small southern hometown, and becomes embroiled in a local mystery: what forced her mother to flee that town thirty-five years previously?"-- Provided by publisher.
Broke and knocked up, Mattie Wallace has all her worldly possessions crammed into six giant trash bags, and nowhere to go. Getting news of a possible inheritance left by a grandmother she's never met, Mattie drives eight hundred miles to her mother's birthplace: the tiny town of Gandy, Oklahoma. She learns that her mother skipped town thirty-five years ago with nothing but the clothes on her back-- but the girl they describe bears little resemblance to the alcoholic loser Mattie knew. Uncovering what started her mother's downward spiral might be the only way to stop her own.
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Broke, exhausted and pregnant, Mattie Wallace is the epitome of down and out. In her first novel, The Art of Crash Landing, Melissa DeCarlo captures the struggles caused by the loss of a loved one. While dealing with her grief, Mattie also bears the weight of regret, addiction and family mysteries.
This fast-paced novel takes readers on a week-long trip into Mattie's disheveled world. Upon immediate introduction to the 30 year old protagonist, it is apparent that ‘crashing’ is the only world she knows. This is especially evident when she is knocked up by a man she can't stand and leads a life that she has no control over.
After receiving a phone call identifying her as the benefactor of her grandmother’s will, Mattie treks to her deceased mother and grandmother's hometown of Gandy, Oklahoma in hopes of inheriting money. However, Mattie soon realizes that she has been left with a priceless possession: a glimpse into her mother's secret past. During a week-long quest for food, shelter and cash, Mattie embarks on a personal journey to solve the mysteries of who her mother truly was and why she left her hometown without a trace.
Readers that relish in stories driven by flawed and cynical characters will particularly enjoy this title. Although Mattie’s self-absorbed and destructive character is frustrating at times, we can all identify with knowing someone that uses people to get ahead. Sometimes you are rooting for her to pick herself up. Sometimes you are cursing her manipulative and disgraceful ways. Regardless, this novel will tug at your heart strings and leave you puzzled as you unravel the many secrets that it holds.
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