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Publisher's Summary

Aloft offers a reexamination of the American dream from the inside out. Jerry Battle's favorite diversion is to fly his small plane solo, slipping away for quick flights over his Long Island home or to the coastal towns of New England. Then a family crisis occurs, and Jerry finds he must face his disengagement in his relationships: with his deceased wife, whose death he has never fully accepted; with his former girlfriend, whom he still longs for; with his daughter, who refuses to address the disease that threatens her life; with his son, who is in danger of losing the family business; and with his father, whom he has placed in a nursing home.A haunting, lyrical, indelible portrait of an ordinary man and his family, Aloft illuminates in an utterly fresh way what it means to be a father, husband, son, and lover. Chang-rae Lee's most mature, fully developed work to date, it is nothing less than a piercing and profound study of the American character.
Don't miss Chang-rae Lee and Edwidge Danticat at The New Yorker Festival.
©2004 Chang-rae Lee; (P)2004 Highbridge Company
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Critic Reviews

"A truly moving story about a modern family." (Publishers Weekly)
"A fine and very moving performance." (Kirkus Reviews)
"The prose Chang-rae Lee writes is elliptical, riddling, poetic...beautifully made." (The New Yorker)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Michelle on 12-23-04

A Truly Wonderful Listening Experience

As a child whenever I questioned an adult's behavior which seemed peculiar to me, my grandmother would always say, "Live longer and you'll understand." This book, without a doubt, is for those of us who have lived "longer".

I'm certain that in my twenties this book would have bored me to tears. In my thirties and early forties, my interest would have been peaked, but I would have vehemently argued with the main character's viewpoint until I couldn't listen any more.

Yet, having "lived longer" I thoroughly enjoyed this audio book!! As well, the author has earned my deepest respect for his ability to tell a "complete" story and delve into the complexity of the stark realities which turn our lives upside down when we think we've seen and done it all.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Bethany on 04-19-04

family redfined

If, you like me, think that your family falls under the current "dysfunctional" classification, then this is a book to give you hope and belief that, even though you may fall far from the american "norm", it is love that binds us together, and in the end somehow,triumphs over all our short comings and imperfections.
It did start out slow for me, but stay with it...it grabbed my heart somewhere, and still hasn't let it go.
I don't know that if I had "read" it , I would have experienced the same outcome, as the reader for me became Jerry Battle, telling his story, that I think, connects us to our own...

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10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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