One of America’s most unique voices, James Hynes taps his dark humor for this startling novel.
Kevin Quinn is a standard-variety American male: middle-aged, liberal-leaning, self-centered, emotionally damaged, generally determined to avoid both pain and responsibility. As his relationship with his girlfriend approaches a turning point, and his career seems increasingly pointless, he decides to secretly fly to a job interview in Austin, Texas. Aboard the plane, Kevin is simultaneously attracted to the young woman in the seat next to him and panicked by a new wave of terrorism in Europe and the UK. He lands safely with neuroses intact and full of hope that the job, the expansive city, and the girl from the plane might yet be his chance for reinvention. His next eight hours make up this novel, a tour-de-force of mordant humor, brilliant observation, and pause-resistant storytelling.
©2010 James Hynes (P)2011 Recorded Books, LLC
"[T]his funny, surprising, and sobering novel [is] unlike anything in the recent literature of our response to terrorism—a tour de force of people ennobled in the face of random horror.” (Publishers Weekly)
the whole book is written in service of the ending. Great writing to keep you engaged while nothing happens at all. the detail he takes to describe the people and settings and mood is impressive. But the book didn't resonate with me. It's more of a study of middle age and your feelings of insignificance when you get to a point in your life where you have feelings of regret and wasted opportunities.
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