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

Well written book. Interesting and entertaining characters and story. Touching and heartwarming tale. Would recommend.

This is a well written debut novel about a family with issues. Piper is the mother of an autistic son. She’s still trying to adjust to this new diagnosis as well as deal with her absent husband. While all this is going on, her father suffers a severe heart attack that leaves him with brain damage. When his wife can not longer cope with her husband, and does not want to take care of him, Piper moves him into her home to care for him. This story is told from the POVs of Piper, Fred, and Lance (Piper’s father). Flying at Night is an emotional story about family, parenthood, guilt, and unconditional love. None of us are perfect and the things that happen to us aren’t always fair. This is precisely why this novel felt so real. The characters are flawed, their relationships are imperfect and life doles out some things that are difficult to accept and deal with. Piper’s guilt over Fred’s diagnosis, along with the burdensome nature of having to be a caregiver to her father especially rang true. I loved Fred’s character and appreciated the bits of humor his voice added to the novel. The narrative moved smoothly between these three perspectives. This was a very emotional story, with a lot of life lessons, truth and anguish. I felt close to all the characters and my heart ached for them. I turned the last page and wish I didn’t have to say goodbye. This is Rebecca Brown's debut novel and is loosely based on her own experiences raising a child with autism. I look forward to reading more from her in the future. I highly recommend! The publisher, Penguin Publishing Group - Berkley, generously provided me with a copy of this book to read. The rating, ideas and opinions are my own.

This novel was such a surprise. I didn’t think I was going to love it as much as I do. I absolutely enjoyed this novel and it’s so different. The author created something beautiful with this story. This novel is a beautiful and heart tugging novel which I loved.

The plot of Flying at Night, the character driven debut novel by Rebecca L. Brown is a relatable one. It is about a family redefining itself and rediscovering itself in light of a medical crisis and a medical diagnosis. The book is touching, and the ending is a surprise to me. In hindsight, I can see it, but not in first reading the book. It leaves me thinking. Read my complete review at Reviewed for Penguin First to Read program.

Beautiful story about how everyone is trying to overcome their chilchood.

This book really touched my heart. I have worked with several autistic children, and seeing an inside look like this was awesome. The author did a wonderful job of telling the story from different characters’ perspectives.

I loved the three different voices in this book. And as I’m currently in the middle of the “sandwich” this felt very personal to me. It was a beautiful book and I enjoyed it very much

Flying at Night is a wonderfully written and all to relatable story. Piper is a mother trying to deal with the stress of raising a child who doesn't fit the perfect mold while carrying for a dependent parent. The voices in this book, particularly Piper's, rang true. The stress that Piper felt is common for so many people in the "sandwich" generation.

Wonderfully human tale of a dysfunctional family bound together by anger, fear, responsibility and love. Piper is a sandwich generation woman called to split herself between the needs of her newly-diagnosed autistic son and her father who suffers brain trauma as a result of oxygen deprivation during a heart attack. The story is narrated in 3 voices: Piper's, her son, Fred, and her father, Lance. Coming to grips with the past by living in the present defines the relationship of Piper and her father. The complexity of autism is such that only a small glimpse can be revealed by Fred and Piper but it is profound in its depth. I highly recommend this beautiful, first novel by Rebecca Brown and hope to read more. I was provided a free advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Piper is a member of the "sandwich" generation with a young son at home and an elderly parent to care for. Her situation isn't that simple and that is why it takes over 300 pages to tell the story. I liked that the book is told from all three perspectives: Piper, her son Fred, and her father Lance. I like that the book felt like you were having a conversation and listening to each individual in their own place. I loved Fred and the simple, honest, truthful things that came out of his mouth. "I say Dad, truth is a word and it lies flat on the paper and cannot have two sides." I liked that the characters weren't perfect but grew during over the course of the book. I only wish it had ended earlier. There was a moment after Fred's birthday party that would have been where I would have liked the book to end. The remaining 30 or so pages took time to tidy everything up and we know I am not a fan of the neat and tidy. The story had already gotten the characters and the reader where they needed to be. The rest was extraneous. I am excited that this is Ms. Brown's first book and I hope there are future ones to enjoy.

I'm a mother of an autistic child. Realizing that all autistic children aren't the same is one thing you learn about the autistic world early. Reading this book without knowing the premise, I could still see right off where this was going, tapping into not only every cliche of autism but every guilt trip mothers are suppose to have regarding raising a child on the spectrum. I couldn't finish because I just don't think I can read one more book about this topic that reads like every other book about this topic. Maybe because this just isn't my experience with autism but mainly because it just reads like a brochure for every autism awareness campaign I've ever seen. I wasn't impressed and thought the story was slow and cliche. I did not feel the need to finish.

This was a terrific story told by three point of views. Piper, the mother of a newly diagnosed child with Autism, Fred her autistic son who just wants to be understood and Lance, Piper's father who was an abusive father and husband. Lance has a near fatal heart attach and survives. His wife, who tasted freedom the moment she thought he was going to die, decides to pack up and move, leaving the care taking to her daughter, Piper. Piper struggles to deal with her son's new diagnosis and forgiving her father. The author did a wonderful job intertwining all the characters. I highly enjoyed this book and would definitely recommend it to my fellow readers!

I loved this book, but struggled with the slow pacing in the beginning of the book. I liked that the book was told in different points of view and that you often got to see what that character was thinking about during an action. It was hard to relate that Silver as a bad man previous to his heart attack, however I did like that he had to come to terms with the things that he had put his family through. Piper was neurotic at times, but relatable. Autism is definitely difficult to parent through and you can tell that she is forced to deal with the brunt of it alone. This is definitely a book that I will be recommending. Thanks for the ARC, First to Read!

I wanted to love this book, but really struggled through it. However, I’m glad I stuck it out to the end. The story unfolded at such a slow pace, I found myself getting impatient. I appreciated the narration from 3 different perspectives. The subject matter was intriguing. The presentation of the characters in such a flawed, human manner was relatable. By the end of the book, I had finally become invested in the characters, and was then able to appreciate the thoughtful way they had been presented to the reader. All in all, not my favorite book, but one I’m happy to have read.

Piper, the main narrator of Brown's novel, mother, wife, and daughter, is a deeply flawed human being trying her best to deal with an array of circumstances, any one of which could cause breakdowns in others. She's a caretaker sandwiched between her autistic son and father who can't take care of himself. She's alone in many ways. There were times when she lost me, when I knew that what she was doing was so wrong, understandable, but wrong. But I was still rooting for her. There were moments when her voice was artificially matter-of-fact, like she was trying to justify her emotions to a therapist. But it occasionally warmed up, enough for me to really enjoy her story and struggle. The story feels very very real. Her father's voice felt a little less real, but her autistic son's voice felt fairly real (although suspiciously wise here and there. All in all, I really enjoyed this story, but it wasn't a simple feel-good story. It has some real depth. I got a copy to review from First to Read.

4.5 Stars Drawing in part from her own personal life, author Rebecca L. Brown has given us a novel dealing with a six month period of struggle in the life of Piper Whitman Hart. After decades of dealing with an emotionally abusive father, Piper has conflicted feelings when her father has an almost fatal heart attack and struggles to overcome the traumatic brain injury of oxygen deprivation. Lance, the Silver Eagle, was a pilot and a cold and controlling man. He abused Piper, her brother Curtiss, and their mother, Judy, for decades. With her brother out of the picture and her mother seizing the opportunity to escape her stifling marriage, Piper is left struggling to care for her recovering father. And in the midst of this, she is shocked to have her son Fred's school and professional evaluators telling her that her nine-year-old son is on the autism spectrum. As Piper tries to care for her son, with the sometimes inconsistent support of her husband Issac, she also must manage her father's rehabilitation care needs, and adjust to having a man she despised living in her home, along with his dubious Border Collie mix, Chuck Yeager. Over the ensuing months, her understanding of who her father was, and now is, changes and changes her. Lance begins to come to terms with his returning recollections of his many harsh and unkind actions with loved ones. Forging a close bond with his grandson Fred, he begins to find some solace in the midst of his many losses. Piper and Issac's battle to get educational services in place for their son provides an alternative and compelling narrative in the novel. This is a moving story.

Autism is something that has affected my life since my youngest son was diagnosed as high-functioning autistic when he was five years old. I always knew my son was different but it became abundantly apparent when he was in kindergarten. He was lucky enough to have his teacher and myself as advocates and was able to get tested and the help he needed quickly but not everyone is as lucky. Flying at Night is the debut novel from Rebecca L. Brown about a middle-aged woman that is pulled in all directions, wearing the many hats that women often wear. Piper was raised in an emotionally and abusive environment at the hands of her father, Lance, and continues to be haunted by its effect years later, their relationship incredibly strained, as well as the effect trickling down to her other relationships, including the one she has with her mostly absent husband. In one day Piper's world is turned upside down when her father suffers a major heart attack that leaves him with a severe brain injury and her nine-year-old son Fred is diagnosed with autism. Her mother, who has weathered her husband's abuse for years, is done and leaves her life and her husband, leaving Piper to be his primary caretaker. Flying at Night is told from the perspectives of Piper, Lance, and Fred as they adjust to this new normal and each deal with their own personal journeys. I found myself on a rollercoaster of emotions with this novel. I would go from incredibly angry to completely heartbroken and everything in between. Reading about Piper's reaction to Fred's diagnosis was different from my own but by the end of the book I could totally relate to what she was going through in that respect as well as the strain that changes can have on a family and the strength it takes to be your child's advocate. I also loved reading from Fred's autistic perspective. Autistic children have such a different viewpoint and it was neat being able to get inside Fred's mind like that. My only complaint in the book was the language that was used. There were times that I could see it warranted but many times it felt forced and unnecessary which was off-putting to me. I finished this book with sadness but also with closure which appreciated. Flying at Night is well written, with the exception with the language in several of the parts, and wonderful for a debut novel.

Great story! Loved that the story was written from 3 perspectives. Very interesting to have one a view from an autistic child. Good character development and great story line. I really enjoyed reading this book.

This book is great! I love that it's written from 3 different perspectives. It's so real and absolutely touching.

I really enjoyed reading Flying at Night. It was a slow-paced book that hit on some big issues while letting a reader delve into their own opinions on the matters at hand. I appreciate how the book was told by the three generations and how they all interacted with each other. This to me was a book about love, in all its many manifestations. It is also a book about challenges people face. I will definitely recommend this to friends and potentially it will be my book club choice next.

I was a little iffy on this one but I'm glad I was selected for this ARC. This was a great read on autism with an easy to connect to main character. This is a heartwarming read and definitely worth reading.

I received this ARC through Penguin's First to Read Program and am so glad I did. This is not a book I probably would have picked up on my own, but it was eye-opening to read. The stress of having a difficult child, of having him diagnosed as autistic, even if high-functioning, and of also dealing with the father who tortured you as a child. Piper is such a well-rounded character that it was easy to identify with her, even though none of her experiences have been my own. I highly recommend this book!

This was a really hard book to follow. If I'm being honest I only got to about page 75 and I was done. I couldn't connect with any of the characters and the writing style was just off. Not to mention the format wasn't what it should have or could have been. I wanted to love this book, but just couldn't

Being part of the sandwich generation means that you are taking care of children and parents at the same time. The main character in this debut novel is doing just that but with the added pressure of having a child and a parent with numerous problems. I found her life to be difficult and depressing but the way she handles it all is fantastic and is what makes this such a wonderful book. Piper's father is an arrogant man who made her life and the lives of her mother and brother very difficult growing up. He expected perfection in all things and was emotional distant from his family - especially after he became a hero for piloting an airplane during a difficult landing without loss of life. Piper's son, Fred, is nine years old and Piper has worked very hard to provide a loving nurturing family for him due to the trauma of her childhood. Her husband and Fred's father is busy saving the world through his job and is usually at work. He doesn't take much part in Fred's upbringing but is it deliberate or because Piper doesn't want to share Fred with him? Fred was a wonderfully written character - he is enthusiastic about life but it is apparent very early in the book that he has a problem and when he is diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum, Piper falls apart. Just as she gets Fred's diagnosis, her dad has a heart attack and brain damage from being without oxygen. Piper brings her dad into her home and now has to deal with heartache and problems from son and father. The novel is about Piper's dad and son and Piper as they learn to live with the problems that life has given them and hopefully overcome their problems for a better future. This is a book that at time is sad but is overwhelmingly heartwarming to see family members learn to better understand each other. I loved this book and highly recommend it. Thanks to First to Read for a copy of this book to read and review. All opinions are my own.

This was a sweet book and a little more out there than the YA fiction I usually review. It was simultaneously sad and heartfelt and overall beautiful, which is the essence of life itself. The protagonist, Piper, is such a strong woman who faces more than most people could bear--with a husband who sustained brain damage and a son with severe autism, she struggles to find enough energy to maintain some semblance of normalcy from day to day. Is it a happy read? Not necessarily, but it is a meaningful one, which can be just as important. Overall, I'd recommend this one as a good book club read. It's quick but full of depth and emotion that would make for interesting and possibly personal discussions.

This book is definitely not what I normally read. I did not like the layout of the book because there were 3 characters and then flashbacks all going on at the same time. The story was good and the characters are great.

This book was out of the norm for my usual science fiction/ thrills novels. It was a very emotion filled book about a family and the troubles that they are facing. It was a bit slow at first but I finally got into it after a couple of chapters. Very nice story. Highly recommend. Thank you to First to Read for the ARC.

A wonderful story of family. Parts are very sad and some are very enlightening. We are all human and make mistakes, but we hope to have a chance to see our mistakes and make amends, especially to those we love. The characters with neurological problems were very realistic and gains your empathy with their struggles. I received an ARC of this book from First to Read in exchange for an honest review. Reading this book is well worth the time. It would be a great choice for book clubs.

I found Rebecca Brown’s debut novel to be very different from my usual read. Different but quite good. Flying at Night is the story of a woman, Piper, caring for a son recently diagnosed with autism and a father who recently experienced brain damage. The story is told from the point of view of not just Piper, but also her son, Fred, and her father, Lance. The emotional state and interpersonal relationships of all three main characters are beautifully presented. Brown also brilliantly weaves Piper’s husband, mother and brother into the narrative. The story never loses focus and held my rapt attention from start to finish. I was chosen to read an advance copy of this book as part of Penguin's First to Read program. However, the opinions expressed in this review are 100% mine and mine alone.

This is my first time writing a review. I thought this book was good, although it really wasn't about autism. It was more about the mother dealing with her feelings towards her father. I did like the way the author wrote from each character's perspective. If your looking for a book about autism, this isn't it. However, it is a good read anyway.

I really liked this book. I empathized with the main character who had grown up with a terrorizing father. She pulls out some inner strength to stop from putting him in the nursing home that her mother had researched for him. Instead, she takes him home with her and forges a new relationship with the new post-heart attack him. I hate when people say "oh he's changed or mellowed" because the sins of the past don't fade away. I can't say there is a happy ending to this book, but there is some closure. I don't want to give spoilers.

Thanks to First to Read for an advance galley of Flying at Night. The author Rebecca Brown says that “Flying at Night is an ode to mothers who fight impossible battles for their children every day without blinking, go to sleep and get up and do the same again. We never know the hidden struggles that others are waging unless we bring our own pain and heartache out of the darkness and share it. We share it for one reason: so others know they are not alone.” Ms. Brown has been incredibly successful at what she set out to do with her novel! In her author’s note, Ms. Brown divulges that her son, like Piper’s son Fred in this novel, was diagnosed with high-functioning autism spectrum disorder in fifth grade. Ms. Brown describes the same reactions to this news that her fictional character Piper displays after her son Fred receives a medical diagnosis of autism. Disbelief, followed by self-recrimination for not recognizing the signs earlier, guilt over what she might have done wrong that led to the development of the disorder in her child, and finally concern and grief about how the diagnosis will impact the rest of her child’s life. Because there are a number of strong parallels between the author’s experience and that of the characters she has created in this novel, I had to keep reminding myself that I was reading a work of fiction and not a memoir. The novel is told from the rotating point of view of three characters, Piper, Fred and Lance (Piper’s father, who is also referred to as The Silver Eagle). I was heartbroken by Fred’s expressions of confusion about why his actions/words might be seen as inappropriate, hurtful or rude to others and by his often awkward attempts to connect with peers or adults that don’t understand him. The relationship that develops between Fred and his grandfather Lance, who is dealing with recovery from a traumatic brain injury, is quite touching. Fred’s newfound friendship with his grandfather helps Piper begin to build a different relationship with her father, from whom she’s been understandably estranged. I could also strongly empathize with the challenges Piper faced after being thrust into the role of primary caretaker for both her son and her father. Reversal of the parent/child relationship is difficult for everyone involved, and can be particularly challenging when that relationship has historically been a strained one and/or for members of the “sandwich generation” who have to navigate the demands of equally dependent young children and elderly parents. It’s not easy to be in two places (physically, mentally or emotionally) at the same time. It’s hard not to feel both overwhelmed and guilty about someone not getting the attention they need at any given time when there are competing demands that must be met. I came to care very deeply for all of these fallible and very human characters. The novel provides hope that there can be redemption for what appear to be even irreparably broken relationships. And, as the author intimates, it is both empowering and comforting to know that you are not alone in your struggles. I greatly enjoyed reading this deeply moving novel!

Flying at Night is an interesting premise though the book is uneven. I particularly enjoyed the author's note at the opening of the novel explaining her inspiration for writing the book, and it explains how she is able to capture the nuances and idiosyncrasies of a child on the autism spectrum. She similarly captures the experiences of an adult living with brain injury and these two characters make interesting counterpoints to one another. Unfortunately, the protagonist, Piper, is less developed than the other major characters and she often seems reactionary rather than having an established personality of her own. Even her reactions to other characters are not always consistent or predictable so that even by the end of the novel, I did not have the feeling of "knowing" this character. As Piper is really the glue that holds the story together (as the mother of an autistic child and the daughter of a man with a recent brain injury) it detracts from the story. The tenses of the story are also problematic as sometimes Piper seems to be telling the reader her story from some future date and at other times she is passively explaining the past (rather than having active flashbacks in the book). This is an interesting debut novel, though, that captures two unique characters struggling with neurological challenges.

This is a powerful story packed with emotions; it’s not a happy book but probably portrays many people’s situations. Don’t let this put you off reading it because the writing is excellent and the story keeps you involved. Piper is the mother of Fred, a nine year old who has different ways and is not sociable in the accepted way; she is finally forced to accept the diagnosis that Fred is on the autistic spectrum. She is the daughter of Lance, a pilot who was a verbally abusive husband and father; after he has a heart attack and suffers brain damage, her mother abdicates his care and Piper finds herself his caregiver. She is the wife of Isaac, an attorney for the Innocence Project; she feels he gives much more attention to his work than his family. Piper is full of anxiety and frustration, has a lot of repressed anger and feels overwhelmed, misunderstood and very much unappreciated for what she does. She is not really a likable person but, through the months of the book, she does begin to gain a deeper understanding of herself and to try to work through her own emotional problems. As a caregiver in a different situation to a parent and a child, I found Rebecca Brown’s presentation of the worries and emotions quite accurate and relatable; the only thing missing was she did not often see small joys or blessings. In her debut novel told from the povs of Piper, Fred and Lance, she has done a great job with character developments and plots. I will definitely look to read more of her writings.

I recognized fairly quickly that Fred was autistic and felt for Piper. It was a good read and very realistic about the family struggles. Thanks for the advanced copy to read.

Piper is part of the "sandwich" generation- dealing with her son, Fred, newly diagnosed with autism and with her father who had a heart attack with subsequent brain damage. An emotional read in which the author captures the right tone to get the readers interested in this family's travails. I liked the different perspectives offered by the 3 characters as well as how Piper dealt with her past & present throughout the book. Thanks to First to Read- Penguin Books USA for the free copy of this book.

Summary: This book is about a family learning to reconnect after several emotional and medical blows. Piper: Once an illustrator, now a stay at home mom for her nine year old Fred. He has idiosyncrasies, but to her the sweet boy is perfect. Highly intelligent and driven toward his interests, she only wants to encourage him. Yes, she would love is those interests were something other than war…. but what’s a mom to do? When the rest of the world hits her with the news that she couldn’t see- her boy is on the autistic spectrum- she fractures. All she can see is how this hinders her bright boy. He will always need help, won’t he? The dreams she held of her son going to university, getting married, having a family…. how is all this to happen and how does she force the world to accept Fred when she is having trouble? To top it all off, Lance, the father that was emotionally abusive all her life; nearly dies leaving him a very different man in need of very specific care. Even her husband seems more unavailable- his time taken up with his work helping the wrongfully incarcerated. Can this family pull through? Told in three voices (Piper, Fred and Lance) this is an amazing book about what it is to be family, and to see one another as they truly are and not through the haze of emotion and misunderstanding. My thoughts: This book gave me all the feels. Piper is an interesting character. She is an intensely loving, slightly overbearing mama bear who had a hard childhood working toward the love and approval of a father that would never be granted. All she knows is that he was harsh with his family, cold and uncompromising while being the hero of the people. The only thing Lance ever cared about was flying and his dog, Chuck Yeager. Sometimes I despised her, because of her reactions toward her son’s autism and her husband’s attempts to help. Sometimes I wanted to shield her from her own insecurities and pain of the past. It was interesting to watch her move through the book and grow to accept both Fred and the new Lance. I also loved how Fred was portrayed and thought the author dealt well with giving a high functioning autistic child a voice. I am actually very particular about how I want people with… well, issues or handicaps to be portrayed. Children on the autistic spectrum are usually highly intelligent, it’s all up there…. getting it out or understanding social niceties are sometimes a stretch. I also loved after-heart-attack Lance. After coming back he was so different, more emotionally open and caring. He was obviously frustrated with his new handicaps and having to relearn everything; but this and the slow remittance of memories allowed him to see his past differently; to see what he did to his loved ones and accept who he was. I also loved the fact that Fred being well… Fred…. allowed him to be the perfect companion to Lance; allowing Fred the chance to have a companion he badly wants and Lance the chance to have someone understand him as he is. For me, this is a five star book. On the adult content scale, there is a lot of language and some minor violence but nothing that was too over the top. I give it a three. I was lucky enough to receive an eARC of this book from the lovely people at First To Read in exchange for an honest review. My thanks.

I found this book very informative, in that I work with children who have autism and a child with traumatic brain injury. Good writing, gripping story. I really enjoyed it. Thanks Penguin First To Read for the advanced copy.

Flying at Night is different than anything I’ve ever read. That’s the simplest way to describe it. My experience is as if I watched the scenes from between my fingers—my hands shielding me from the full anguish of this dysfunctional family. These characters (who feel so real it’s eerie) are raw, unyielding, and to be quite honest, unlikeable—initially. The story involves three generations of the Whitman family, told from their individual points of view. Lance ‘the Silver Eagle’ Whitman – starts out as a two-sided man, a hero pilot to the community, and a brutal, insufferable father and husband to his family. Piper, Lance’s daughter, suffers from her brutal childhood, holding in years of anger and resentment from never finding acceptance and love from her father. Fred, Piper’s son, is an incredible soul, and the shining light in this story. His Autism makes him especially interesting. His view of the world he lives in and the people in it, illuminates a simplistic reality that everyone can learn from. Initially, I wasn’t sure I’d like this story. I was appalled at Piper’s suppressed anger, and her pessimistic view of her life. I even preferred Lance, her emotionally and verbally abusive father, over her. But as the events progressed and hearts were revealed, I felt more compassion toward her injured soul. I grew to sympathize and love each character, and gained a strong desire to nurture their lifelong injuries and heartbreaks. Piper’s husband and mother play an intricate part of the story, Lance is unforgettable and has burrowed a place in my heart, and Fred will forever shine as a special literary soul. I had an incredible mix of emotions while reading this book. It evoked a concoction of horror, joy, intrigue, inspiration, sadness, humor, and a strong sense of satisfaction from me. The characters are superb, their growth is enormous, and I’m completely satisfied with the emotional ending. This is the first book I’ve read by Rebecca L. Brown. She’s now on my watch list. Her style is full, distinctive, and satiating. 5 Stars! I received an Advanced Galley from the FirstToRead program.

Life is not perfect yet we make the most out of what we are given. This book is written from the perspective of three people: Piper, Fred, and “The Silver Eagle.” Piper is the glue that holds the book together. She is a mom to a young boy, Fred, on the sprectrum as well as a daughter to an abusive father, ”The Silver Eagle,” now dealing with post-heart attack issues. You get to ride the waves of emotional pain and happiness, victories and losses that life throws as these three characters narrate. They are going through real life issues that are relatable. I loved how the author moves from one characters perspective of the story to another’s. It’s a raw view into the issues that come with being a family and dealing with life.

I really enjoyed this book. It wasn't written without thought to the subjects using very current social aspects of out world today. Many households today deal with autism, Alzheimers, dementia. Fred was the highlight of the book and I found myself rooting for him. The relationship between his grandfather after the 'incident' was something to 'witness'. It makes you want to be a better person toward others. I have dealt with relatives with Alzheimers and seen the patience it takes to be there for our loved one. The abuse by The Silver Eagle was harsh, but the tragic ending for him was a sad redemption. Fred always loved him and his daughter found her dad almost to late. Interesting dynamics in the book.

I loved this book and the reality of human feelings. Being told from 3 different perspectives allowed the reader to understand each character intimately. Each character was trying to make their way through life with what they had been dealt. The love, acceptance, and forgiveness were so raw and real; the roller coaster of emotions leading to that point made this an engaging novel that I didn't want to put down.

My favorite thing about this book was how it was told from three very different perspectives.  Fred, is a nine year old autistic boy. Piper, is his mother who is reeling from her son's diagnosis and Lance, who is Fred's grandfather, is recovering from a heart attack and brain injury.  To me, my favorite perspective was Fred's.  His thoughts and actions as an autistic child were insightful and interesting.   Piper's anxiety about what others thought of her son and her fear about Fred's future was at times heart breaking. The author mentions at the beginning of the book that her son was diagnosed with autism at the same age as Fred in the book, so to me the story is believable and authentic.  A brilliant book about acceptance and forgiveness.

When I first started this book, I thought this is going to be cheesy exaggerated characters and they will do heartwarming things like a Hallmark movie. But once I gave it a chance past the first few chapters, I could not put it down. I was absorbed in the story, and loved how each characters flaws came out in a real way. At times I just wanted to grab Piper and say "Why can't you just forgive your father?!?" or "Stop yelling at Isaac, he's doing then best he can." But it gave the early, what felt like a rushed history of her childhood, meaning and authenticity. On top of that none of the characters acted perfectly in all the situations, but they acted naturally. This book was far from the cheesy Hallmark movie I originally pegged it to be, but there were parts I just couldn't get through with a dry eye. I would recommend reading this with some tissues nearby.

I've often been emotionally shy of reading books like this.. Given the fact I am a autism parent. But I have immense love for Fred.. My son is semi non-verbal but no less inquisitive .. So it was love at first sight. And more than anything I am Piper. Much love to Rebecca.

I had access to an advance copy of Flying at night. This book was incredible. As soon as I started reading it, I felt connected to the characters. Once you pick up this book you don’t want to put it down. You have to keep reading to find out what was going to happen next.

The best word to describe this book is emotionally charged. The characters are flawed... I don’t mind that. We all are. Somehow, this book felt cheesy like a Lifetime Original movie to me. But I loved the ending and I loved the multiple perspectives. All in all, a worthy read if you don’t mind a tear jerker.

The ending saved this book for me. It is written from three perspectives: an elementary-aged child on the autism spectrum, his mother Piper, and his problematic grandfather. Grandpa was a terror to his family for most of his life, but then suffers a brain injury and his family must decide what to do with him. Piper deals with this while dealing with her son's autism diagnosis. I initially cringed at the male perspectives because they seemed so inauthentic. I also found it difficult to get into the mother's perspectives because her actions just seemed so disingenuous and illogical. But, towards the end, the story successfully wraps up into an emotional conclusion that neatly solves all of the loose ends. On reflection, I would describe the book as very raw and honest -- the characters are very imperfect, occasionally to the point of frustration in Piper's case, but they try. And don't we all?

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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