What an interesting novel about one woman's search for her roots. Of course she herself is always choosing wrong but is an optimist at heart and just keeps moving along. She harbors both love, resentment and guilt about her mother especially since she has died. and seems to always be searching-for what she does not know. Her step father is the only one who she can relate to a bit anyway.
No one seems to know anything about her Mom--until her grandmother leaves her the house. Using stealth and subterfuge she slowly uncovers what her mother was really like and discovers things about herself that she never imagined possible.
There is a lot of laughter to be found within the pages of this book as well as tears. It was well worth the read in my opinion!
About the Book: (from Amazon)
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 eight hundred 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 thirty-five 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.
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About the Author: (from Amazon)
Melissa DeCarlo was born and raised in Oklahoma City, and has worked as an artist, graphic designer, grant writer, and even (back when computers were the size of refrigerators) a computer programmer. THE ART OF CRASH LANDING is her first novel. Melissa now lives in East Texas with her husband and a motley crew of rescue animals. www.melissadecarlo.com
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