Aloft, Paperback
4 out of 5 (1 rating)


Being a solo flyer made sense to Jerry Battle right from the start.

For his 56th birthday, his longtime (and recently ex-) girlfriend Rita Reyes had given him a gift certificate for a flying lesson.

Once Jerry was up there he thought everything looked perfect.

But everything isn't perfect and for such a nice guy, Jerry could wreak an amazing amount of havoc Life is about to deal Jerry Battle his toughest hand yet.

With his ailing father yearning to flee his Care Centre and his son teetering on bankruptcy, and, for once, no woman in his life to rely on, Jerry's daughter is about to bestow on him a father's worst nightmare.

But maybe Jerry Battle needs to finally work out what it is that separates him from his loved ones and be tugged back to earth to engage with one of the most compelling and unforgettable of family dramas.




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Reminds me of Richard Ford--the way Lee inhabits this late middle-aged landscaper at loose ends and confused by his grown children and their virtual stepmother (he's a long-time widower) who's left him for a richer, classier rival. There's something of Updike's Rabbit too--a less raunchy, less spiritually (transcendentally?) inclined, less current events-aware Rabbit, but I'm going with Richard Ford. Also Lee has created a character that 's much older than he is, while Updike and Ford--like so many other male novelists of their generation and slightly older ones--had already been there, done that, so their male protagonists (aren't they always?) by the time the characters appear on the stage.This is not what I expected of Lee at this stage in his career. He's a good, observant writer, but I guess I'm just not that interested in spending so much time in the head of a comfortable, affluent middle-aged guy who doesn't know enough to appreciate his good luck.

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