It is not often that I encounter a book that breaks my heart when it ends. This past month my hands stumbled upon The Art Of Crash Landing by Melissa DeCarlo. This literary debut is heart warming, real, and full of southern charm.
Before I get rambling about why I love it, Feel free to go purchase it HERE.
The main character Mattie reminds me of many woman in my life. Kinda just going with the tide while also being on the brink of drowning. She is in her mid thirties, pregnant, and has just been contacted by her late grandmothers estate. Never having met her mothers side of the family, she is intrigued to go back and see where her mother was raised. Since her mom never talked about her childhood, and has since died, this is Mattie’s only chance to finally get some answers.
This book is gripping and I had a hard time putting it down. Being light in some parts, and serious in others it gives the reader a real roller coaster ride of emotions. I would suggest anyone read this book who can relate to the in the meantime moments in life.
Broke and knocked up, Mattie Wallace has got all her worldly possessions crammed into six giant trash bags and nowhere to go. Try as she might, she really is turning into her late mother, a broken alcoholic who never met a bad choice she didn’t make.
From the cover of “The Art Of Crash Landing”
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 eight hundred 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 thirty-five 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. The deeper Mattie digs for answers, the more precarious her situation becomes. Giving up, however, isn’t an option. Uncovering what started her mother’s downward spiral might be the only way to stop her own.