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

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Very enjoyable.

Any additional comments?

Enjoyable, well written and well narrated. My first by this author. I will look for more.

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- Ann D

One of the best books I have listened to in AGES

Would you listen to The Art of Crash Landing again? Why?

Yes I am sure there are bits that i missed, perhaps not for a while but yes I would


What other book might you compare The Art of Crash Landing to, and why?

I couldn't compare this to anything else that I have read and my library is extensive, the pace story and delivery on this book were all excellent


Which scene did you most enjoy?

I so enjoyed getting to know the characters, I enjoyed the humour and I enjoyed the story as well as narration I was fascinated by the story as well, I wanted Matty to find her happy ever after - she was a girl after my own heart and the story just swept me into her life.


If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

When life gives you lemons...


Any additional comments?

I cannot wait for the next book from this author or the next in the life of Matty. I hope she makes lemonade I really do xxxx

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- Suzanne

Book Details

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