Maisie at 8000 Feet (Paperback)

By Frederick Reuss

Unbridled Books, 9781609531287, 250pp.

Publication Date: April 12, 2016



Maisie at 8000 Feet is the story of an eight-year old girl who can fly and her idyllic summer in the Pine Barrens of New Jersey that ends in a moment of catastrophic loss. Following the death of her mother, Maisie travels the Pine Barrens with her artist/archaeologist father; meets his cousin and confidante, Sally, who wants to repair the little girl's heart; and flies over it all trying to see how her life could have taken such a turn.

Many years later, her son gone to college and her marriage ended, Maisie struggles to reconnect with the aging Sally. Doing so, she hopes to understand why her father didn't raise her, what that long-ago summer was all about, and whether she has ever really been attached to anyone in any place.

Seen from the heights of Maisie's childlike imagination and the rootless perspective of the woman she becomes, the fractures in her life reveal the slippery connection between childhood and identity -- and between remembering and forgetting.

About the Author

Frederick Reuss is the author of five previous novels, including Mohr and The Geography of Secrets. He lives in Washington, DC, with his wife and daughters.