“When you’re ass deep in lemons, you start looking for a shovel, not a pitcher and a cup of sugar.”
In Melissa DeCarlo’s, THE ART OF CRASH LANDING (HARPER), pregnant, penniless and with her life stuffed into six giant trash bags, you could say, Mattie Wallace is living a real-bad country song! Just as she plays out the cards in her relationship with her boyfriend in the Florida panhandle, she gets news of a possible inheritance from a grandma she never met in Grandy, Oklahoma. Mattie packs up her ’78 Chevy Malibu and drives 800 miles arriving on fumes with a dead transmission and no money. As much as she tries to block it out, Mattie wakes up to the fact she’s turning into her late mother; a broken down alcoholic who never came across a bad choice she didn’t make.
“I’m thinking about how fluid the border is between crazy and interesting, and how hard it is to decide who belongs where.”
The girl the folks in Grandy describe as Mattie’s mother, don’t match up to her memories of her mama. Mattie knows there are deep secrets and that something bad happened years back in Grandy. She sets her sites on finding out what happened, knowing it’s the only way she’ll be able to break the cycle and be whole.
THE ART OF CRASH LANDING introduces a fresh new clever voice in fiction. It’s hard to believe this is Melissa’s debut novel. The one-liners keep the reader amused, but the raw exposed wounds and sensitivity underneath are never completely covered. Everyone, and if you don’t, now you do, knows humor comes out of pain. Mattie certainly has had her share, but she’s not a victim. I challenge you not to fall in love with Mattie. She’s my new BFF.
“I have ninja skills when it comes to screwing things up. It’s like a superpower only lamer.”
Melissa DeCarlo was born and raised in Oklahoma City. The Art of Crash Landing is her first novel. Melissa now lives in East Texas with her husband and a motley crew of rescue animals.
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Thanks to TLC Book Tours http://www.tlcbooktours.com and HARPER BOOKS for providing a copy of THE ART OF CRASH LANDING for an honest review.
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