How Clarissa Burden Learned to Fly (Paperback)

By Connie May Fowler

Grand Central Publishing, 9780446540698, 288pp.

Publication Date: July 20, 2011

April 2010 Indie Next List

“A successful author married to an older, indifferent artist, Clarissa is struggling with writer's block. On the summer solstice, the longest day of the year, Clarissa has reached a point in her discontent where she must completely change her life. The story of her twenty-four hour journey of self-discovery is funny, heartbreaking and ultimately very satisfying. I cheered for Clarissa the whole way through!”
— Jennifer Sorenson, Literary Life Bookstore & More, Inc., Grand Rapids, MI
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How Clarissa Burden Learned to Fly is the transcendent story of a young woman who, in a twenty-four hour period, journeys through startling moments of self-discovery that lead her to a courageous and life-altering decision.

About the Author

Connie May Fowler is an essayist, screenwriter, and novelist. She is the author of five novels, most recently The Problem with Murmur Lee, and a memoir, When Katie Wakes. In 1996, she published Before Women Had Wings, which became a paperback bestseller and was made into a successful Oprah Winfrey Presents movie. She founded the Connie May Fowler Women With Wings Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to aiding women and children in need.

Praise For How Clarissa Burden Learned to Fly

"In this novel by best-selling author Fowler (The Problem with Murmur Lee), past and present lives collide in magical and violent ways with surprising, liberating, and redeeming results. The colorful characters include an almost-angel, carnival dwarves, and anthropomorphic animals, and the result is folksy and sophisticated, and humorous yet at times grave and appalling, with the sins of the past clearly depicted. VERDICT A seductive and thoroughly satisfying read."
-Library Journal

"In this magical, funny, at times heartbreaking book, Connie May Fowler has shown us that even a house fly can have a point of view. Compact and enchanting, yet achingly dark, it reminds me of the novels of Alice McDermott and Alice Hoffman that I love to read. Now Fowler gives us a mid-summer's night dream of her own!"

-Mary Morris, author of Revenge

"A huge-hearted, ebullient novel about ghosts, tragedy, love, redemption and one extraordinary woman's wild ride to self-discovery. Blazingly original, the remarkable Fowler breaks your heart, makes you believe in love, and whispers unbreakable truths about who we are really meant to be."

-Caroline Leavitt, author of Girls in Trouble