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. . . .
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by Rita Mae Brown
by Stephen L. Moore
"Brown's debut audiobook is well served by this stellar ensemble cast. Cassandra Campbell, Kivlighan de Montebello, and Arthur Morey give believable voices to the three main characters. Campbell, as Piper, has a voice balancing determination, frustration, and guilt as she navigates the challenges of raising her son, Fred, and becomes caretaker for her difficult father, Lance. The young de Montebello is extraordinary as 9-year-old Fred, recently diagnosed on the autism spectrum. De Montebello captures Fred's enthusiasm when he shares his knowledge of his current obsession, WWII, and communicates his confusion as he tries to fit into a world he misunderstands as much as it misunderstands him. Morey is especially believable as Lance, the Silver Eagle, whose medical catastrophe eventually mends hearts. N.E.M. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine"
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