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The Art of Crash Landing Audiobook

The Art of Crash Landing: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

From a bright new talent comes this debut novel about a young woman who travels for the first time to her mother's hometown and gets sucked into the mystery that changed her family forever.

Mattie Wallace has really screwed up this time. Broke and knocked up, she's got all her worldly possessions crammed into six giant trash bags and nowhere to go. Try as she might, Mattie can no longer deny that she really is turning into her mother, a broken alcoholic who never met a bad choice she didn't make.

When Mattie gets news of a possible inheritance left by a grandmother she's never met, she jumps at this one last chance to turn things around. Leaving the Florida Panhandle, she drives 800 miles to her mother's birthplace - the tiny town of Gandy, Oklahoma. There she soon learns that her mother remains a local mystery - a happy, talented teenager who inexplicably skipped town 35 years ago with nothing but the clothes on her back. But the girl they describe bears little resemblance to the damaged woman Mattie knew, and before long it becomes clear that something terrible happened to her mother, and it happened here. The harder Mattie digs for answers, the more obstacles she encounters. Giving up, however, isn't an option. Uncovering what started her mother's downward spiral might be the only way to stop her own.

Hilarious, gripping, and unexpectedly wise, The Art of Crash Landing is a poignant novel from an assured new voice.

©2015 Melissa DeCarlo (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Linda Kane 09-19-15
    Linda Kane 09-19-15
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    "Sass, heart and refreshingly unpredictable."
    If you could sum up The Art of Crash Landing in three words, what would they be?

    Poignant, Sassy, Vibrant


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Art of Crash Landing?

    Her last conversation with Queequegq, her stepfather.


    Which character – as performed by Johanna Parker – was your favorite?

    Mattie herself.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    This review I have pasted below particularly sums up the satisfaction I felt after listening to this amazing first novel. The narration by Johanna Parker swept me right into the story and had me rooting for Mattie all the way through.
    “I fell in love with Mattie, with all her sass, her snark, her bad ass ways. The best compliment I can give this talented new author? I wish I had written this novel. You nailed it, Melissa DeCarlo. And you deserve legions of very happy readers.” — Ellen Sussman, author of A WEDDING IN PROVENCE and FRENCH LESSONS

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    KatrinaD Tucson, AZ 09-24-16
    KatrinaD Tucson, AZ 09-24-16 Member Since 2016

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    "Humorous story of a charming klutz in search of her family story"

    Mattie Wallace is a self-proclaimed magnet for misadventures. Yet our spunky heroin always lands on her feet when she finds herself in trouble. Broke, separated from her husband, and mourning her mother's death, she leaves Florida for Oklahoma in search of her roots. Her grandmother has left a house and 2 dogs. Her arrival is mostly unsettling to the local folks who knew her mother and grandmother. After following various leads, she finally learns the truth. In the process, she meets eccentric characters with hilarious results. This book tells a poignant, funny and vivid story of Mattie's search for her mother's story. The narrative is very well written. The chapters alternate between the past and the present. I was eager to know the end, but I enjoyed letting the author put together the pieces of

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    Ruth Bain 09-18-15
    Ruth Bain 09-18-15

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    "Unlikable character"

    The main character, Maggie, was so unlikable that it distracted from the story. It also felt like this first-time author put every social and family issue she could think of into the story, and this overloaded the plot. Narrator was good but the book itself, not so much.

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  • Ann
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    7/17/16
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    "Very enjoyable."
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    Enjoyable, well written and well narrated. My first by this author. I will look for more.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Suzanne
    Wirral, United Kingdom
    12/1/15
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    "One of the best books I have listened to in AGES"
    Would you listen to The Art of Crash Landing again? Why?

    Yes I am sure there are bits that i missed, perhaps not for a while but yes I would


    What other book might you compare The Art of Crash Landing to, and why?

    I couldn't compare this to anything else that I have read and my library is extensive, the pace story and delivery on this book were all excellent


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    I so enjoyed getting to know the characters, I enjoyed the humour and I enjoyed the story as well as narration I was fascinated by the story as well, I wanted Matty to find her happy ever after - she was a girl after my own heart and the story just swept me into her life.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    When life gives you lemons...


    Any additional comments?

    I cannot wait for the next book from this author or the next in the life of Matty. I hope she makes lemonade I really do xxxx

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