Call Me When You Land

Call Me When You Land

eBook - 2011
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"On the brink of her fortieth birthday, Katie Olmstead is in no mood to celebrate. Still tending bar to support a stalled art career, she continues to struggle with her temperamental teenage son, CJ, who wants less to do with her every day. When Katie gets word that CJ's estranged father has died and willed CJ his Harley-Davidson, this drives CJ and Katie even further apart. With the past parked in the driveway of their New England home, CJ's increasing outbursts and Katies self-sabotage resurrect memories of Katie's own troubled childhood. As Katie's notion of motherhood is tested, her artistic ambitions dwindle and she begins to fell like an imposter. Suddenly faced with a bullying, over-achieving 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, who watches over them from his room on the third floor. This beautifully written family drama, offers an astutely observed portrait of a broken family striving toward repair. Schiavone extracts humor, compassion, courage, and offers insight into the deeply human determination to survive."-- Provided by publisher.
"Powerful in its subtleties, moving in its understatedness, the novel expresses the painful realities of a family and the quiet desperations that threaten to break it". --Rain Taxi Online Edition."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Sag Harbor, NY : The Permanent Press, 2011
ISBN: 9781579622992
Characteristics: 1 online resource (232 pages)
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branch_reviews Nov 03, 2012

Call Me When You Land is a story of a dysfunctional family. The mother, Katie Olmstead, is a deeply troubled woman, an accomplished artist and a woman with a drinking problem that she denies and a temperamental 15-year-old son CJ who wants less to do with her every day. When Katie gets word that CJ’s estranged father has died and willed CJ his Harley-Davidson, the gift quickly becomes a wedge between CJ and his mother.
Faced with a bullying, overachieving sister she hasn’t spoken to in years, an on-again, off-again boyfriend she just can’t love, Katie finds support from her Uncle Walter who is dying from cancer. From his room on the third floor, Walter watches over them encouraging both Katie and CJ to redeem their family. This is a compelling first novel about a dysfunctional family.
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