The Floatplane Notebooks (Paperback)

By Clyde Edgerton

Ballantine Books, 9780345419064, 304pp.

Publication Date: September 21, 2004

Other Editions of This Title:
Digital Audiobook (10/20/2011)

List Price: 13.95*
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The Copeland family of Listre, North Carolina, goes back a long way. Each family member has a story to tell, and stories to be told about one another. Albert Copeland, the head of the family, writes it all down in the notebooks he started once to track the progress of the floatplanes he built, though they never did fly. Everything about the Copelands is in these books. And every one of them has his say. Funny and poignant, a family album of talk and tales, The Floatplane Notebooks shares the best-kept secrets of love, loss, and learning to let go.

Praise For The Floatplane Notebooks

“Warmly humorous, gossipy, and rich–a book with the soul of a family reunion.”
The New York Times Book Review

The Floatplane Notebooks has all the marks of a master storyteller going straight for the mystery itself. All the marks, that is, of [an] American classic.”
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“Clyde Edgerton is a miner of considerable skill, burrowing into the hillside of humanity to find the ore of characters so pure and so real they might just sit down beside us and tell us a tale.”
The Washington Post Book World

“Edgerton has written a novel beyond our imagination. It belongs next to the family Bible. It belongs in your memory, and quickly. The sheer joy, and restorative powers of the novel, are like no other book that I can think of.”
The Houston Post