Flying at Night by Rebecca L. Brown

Flying at Night

Rebecca L. Brown

A powerful and extraordinary novel, Flying at Night gives voice to an autistic child, trying to find his place in a world that doesn't quite understand him.

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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. . . .

Advance Galley Reviews

This book was incredibly lovely to read, and was very tactfully created. This was not a straight forward, perfect-parent kind of book, rather it took you on a realistic journey of a mother who loves and feels deeply, whether those feelings are good or not. I can't speak to how realistic Fred's situation actually was as I don't actually know anyone on the autism spectrum. Literally all I know about autism comes from shows like the Big Bang theory, and books like this. But I appreciate this book being written and humanizing a disorder that has been referred to as worse than death(if you are to believe the anti-vaxxers)

This was a good read. The protagonist got annoying at times with the way she dealt with everything. At the end, I expected her to do something drastic to change her life, but she didn’t, which leaves me thinking; what did she learn from this entire experience? She didn’t change very much throughout the course of the book, which was really disappointing. Overall, the story was good, but the main character made it hard to enjoy the story.


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