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Aloft
by Chang-Rae Lee and Don Leslie

Overview - "New York Times "bestseller" Aloft" follows the life of a suburban, white, middle-class man during a time of family crisis. Jerry's favorite diversion is to take his small plane and fly solo over Long Island. When his daughter and her fiance arrive from Oregon to announce their marriage plans Theresa's dangerous pregnancy, he thinks back over his life and begins to face his disengagement with it and with his relationships with others: with his deceased wife, the circumstances of whose death has never fully admitted to; with his former girlfriend, whom he still longs for; with his pregnant daughter, who refuses to address the cancer that is killing her; with his son, who is losing the family business; and with his father, who is in a nursing home.  Read more...

 
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Overview
"New York Times "bestseller" Aloft" follows the life of a suburban, white, middle-class man during a time of family crisis. Jerry's favorite diversion is to take his small plane and fly solo over Long Island. When his daughter and her fiance arrive from Oregon to announce their marriage plans Theresa's dangerous pregnancy, he thinks back over his life and begins to face his disengagement with it and with his relationships with others: with his deceased wife, the circumstances of whose death has never fully admitted to; with his former girlfriend, whom he still longs for; with his pregnant daughter, who refuses to address the cancer that is killing her; with his son, who is losing the family business; and with his father, who is in a nursing home. "Aloft" is a quiet yet intense study of family, the American dream, and the American character."

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781565118898
  • ISBN-10: 1565118898
  • Publisher: Highbridge Company
  • Publish Date: March 2004


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Up in the air

Jerry Battle, the somewhat aloof narrator of Chang-rae Lee's Aloft likes to fly his plane over the suburban landscape where he has always lived. His meandering manner, perfectly voiced by reader Don Leslie, makes you feel as though you're in the air with him, circling in on his character as he talks about his long-dead wife, the ex-girlfriend he wants back, his daughter who refuses to face a life-threatening disease, his son who's running the family business into the ground, and his aging father stowed unhappily in a nursing home. Aloft offers a compelling view of self-made America today.

 
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