Flying at Night
by Rebecca L. Brown
My rating: 4 stars
Publisher: Berkley (April 10, 2018)
Publication Date: April 10, 2018
Genre: Women's Fiction
Print Length: 334 pages
An emotionally charged debut novel of a family on the brink--an autistic child, his determined mother, and her distant father--who learn that when your world changes, you find out who you really are. . . .
While she was growing up, Piper's father, Lance "the Silver Eagle" Whitman, became a national hero piloting a plane through an emergency landing. But at home, he was a controlling and overbearing presence in her life, raining emotional and verbal abuse upon the entire family.
It's no surprise, then, that as an adult, Piper has poured all of her energy into creating a warm and loving home for her own family, while catering to her son Fred's ever-growing idiosyncrasies.
Then Lance has a heart attack, leaving him with a brain injury--and dependent upon Piper for his care--just before tests confirm Piper's suspicions that Fred is on the autism spectrum.
A powerful and extraordinary novel, Flying at Night gives voice to Fred, trying to find his place in a world that doesn't quite understand him; to Lance, who's lost what made him the man he was, for better and worse; and to Piper, who, while desperately trying to navigate the shifting landscape around her, watches as her son and father start to connect--in the most miraculous ways. . . .
Flying at Night by Rebecca L. Brown
Three voices, three stories, three generations, all woven within the fabric of “family.” Witness the good, the bad and the love in a family riddled with flaws, yet in the end has the glue that gives strength and teaches lessons on life.
Piper couldn’t see that her young son, Fred had a disability. He was serious, quiet and would zero in on his current interests with an obsessive enthusiasm to the exclusion of all else, including the social and curricular requirements of school. The diagnosis of autism sent her spiraling into a world of depression and desperation as she isolated her grief.
When Piper’s overbearing and uncompromising father suffers a severe heart attack that left him damaged and unable to rationalize on his own, she takes on the burden of caring for him. Was it to prove to herself that she was a better person than he?
FLYING AT NIGHT by Rebecca L. Brown is an emotionally taut tale of a woman floundering in the turmoil that has become her life. As she struggles like an island against a tsunami of events that threaten to pull her under, she will find salvation and hope in the most unexpected places as both her son and her father make a connection that is both beautiful, unique and healing.
Certainly not an upbeat tale, I did struggle at times with the darkness that shrouded Piper, some self-imposed, some blamed on her “past,” leaving her future looking as black as a thunder cloud. I wanted Pipe to own her feelings, to recognize her more than her weaknesses, but I was captivated by her love for her son, even if she failed to see or act on his problems until long after she should have.
The true beauty of this tale was in the sincere and honest actions and emotions from both Fred and Lance. Take a chance on this story, once it blossoms, it becomes a bouquet of emotion and growth in a garden called family.
I received a complimentary ARC edition from Berkley!