Aloft (Paperback)

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Description


The "New York Times"-bestselling novel by the critically acclaimed author of "Native Speaker" and "A Gesture Life."
At 59, Jerry Battle is coasting through life. His favorite pastime is flying his small plane high above Long Island. Aloft, he can escape from the troubles that plague his family, neighbors, and loved ones on the ground. But he can't stay in the air forever. Only months before his 60th birthday, a culmination of family crises finally pull Jerry down from his emotionally distant course.
Jerry learns that his family's stability is in jeopardy. His father, Hank, is growing increasingly unhappy in his assisted living facility. His son, Jack, has taken over the family landscaping business but is running it into bankruptcy. His daughter, Theresa, has become pregnant and has been diagnosed with cancer. His longtime girlfriend, Rita, who helped raise his children, has now moved in with another man. And Jerry still has unanswered questions that he must face regarding the circumstances surrounding the death of his late wife.
Since the day his wife died, Jerry has turned avoiding conflict into an art form-the perfect expression being his solitary flights from which he can look down on a world that appears serene and unscathed. From his comfortable distance, he can't see the messy details, let alone begin to confront them. But Jerry is learning that in avoiding conflict, he is also avoiding contact with the people he loves most.

About the Author


Chang-rae Lee is the author of "Native Speaker", winner of the Hemingway Foundation/PEN/Hemingway Award for first fiction; "A Gesture Life"; "Aloft"; "The Surren"dered, winner of the Dayton Peace Prize and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize; and On Such a Full Sea. Selected by "The New Yo"rker as one of the 20 Writers for the 21st Century, Chang-rae Lee is Professor professor in the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University and the a Shinhan Distinguished Visiting Professor at Yonsei University.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781594480706
ISBN-10: 1594480702
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Publication Date: March 2005
Pages: 384
Language: English