Call Me When You Land
By Michael Schiavone
(The Permanent Press, Hardcover, 9781579622213, 232pp.)
Publication Date: September 1, 2011
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Suddenly faced with a bullying, overachieving sister she hasn’t spoken to in years, an on-again, off-again boyfriend she just can’t love, and a drinking habit that’s spiraling out of control, Katie finds support in an unlikely place—her eccentric and ailing great uncle, Walter. From his room on the third floor, Walter watches over them, encouraging both Katie and C.J. to do the work they fear in order to redeem their family.
A beautifully written family drama, Call Me When You Land offers an astutely observed portrait of a broken family striving toward repair. Out of the his protagonist’s despair, debut novelist Schiavone extracts humor, compassion, courage, and offers insight into the deeply human determination to survive.