Dear American Airlines

Dear American Airlines

Book - 2008
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Sometimes the planes don't fly on time.

Bennie Ford, a fifty-three-year-old failed poet turned translator, is traveling to his estranged daughter's wedding when his flight is canceled. Stuck with thousands of fuming passengers in the purgatory of O'Hare airport, he watches the clock tick and realizes that he will miss the ceremony. Frustrated, irate, and helpless, Bennie does the only thing he can: he starts to write a letter. But what begins as a hilariously excoriating demand for a refund soon becomes a lament for a life gone awry, for years misspent, talent wasted, and happiness lost. A man both sinned against and sinning, Bennie writes in a voice that is a marvel of lacerating wit, heart-on-sleeve emotion, and wide-ranging erudition, underlined by a consistent groundnote of regret for the actions of a lifetime -- and made all the more urgent by the fading hope that if he can just make it to the wedding, he might have a chance to do something right.

A margarita blend of outrage, wicked humor, vulnerability, intelligence, and regret, Dear American Airlines gives new meaning to the term "airport novel" and announces the emergence of major new talent in American fiction.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2008.
ISBN: 9780547054018
0547054017
Call Number: MILES
Characteristics: p. ; cm.
Subjects: Introspection -- Fiction.
Air travel -- Fiction.

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Chapel_Hill_KenMc Dec 08, 2014

I thought I was going to hate this book for the first fifty pages or so: a highly acerbic, unsympathetic narrator going on a rant. But Miles builds his character brilliantly, and the novel becomes, instead of a long complaint letter, a painfully self-aware confession.

oO_Oo Jun 09, 2014

"Regrets, I've had a few ..." Author Jonathan Miles has apparently had more than a few regrets. Yes, I do know this is fiction. But I simply couldn't subject myself to it. Imagine your elderly uncle who never stops complaining and is always going off on years-old grudges and past slights. Now imagine spending hours with him. That's how I felt after reading up to page 5. On page 5 he starts describing the health care aide in racist terminology, so that was it for me. Seriously, who reads this crap?

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