The Art of Crash Landing

  • by Melissa DeCarlo
  • Narrated by Johanna Parker
  • 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

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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- Ruth Bain "RueRue"

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?


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

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- Linda Kane

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-08-2015
  • Publisher: HarperAudio