Call Me When You Land by Michael Schiavone

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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, C.J., who wants less to do with her every day. When Katie gets word that C.J.'s estranged father has died and willed C.J. his Harley-Davidson, the gift quickly becomes a wedge driving C.J. and Katie even further apart.

With the past parked in the driveway of their New England home, C.J.'s increasing outbursts and Katie's self-sabotage resurrect memories of Katie's own troubled childhood, one plagued by a mentally ill mother and a neglectful father. As Katie's notion of motherhood is tested, her artistic ambitions dwindle and she begins to feel like an imposter amongst her seemingly refined neighbors.

Suddenly faced with a bullying, overachieving 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. From his room on the third floor, Walter watches over them, encouraging both Katie and C.J. to do the work they fear in order to redeem their family.

A beautifully written family drama, Call Me When You Land offers an astutely observed portrait of a broken family striving toward repair. Out of his protagonist's despair, debut novelist Schiavone extracts humor, compassion, courage, and offers insight into the deeply human determination to survive.

 

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Published January 27, 2011 by Permanent Press - eBooks Account. 239 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Parenting & Relationships. Fiction

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Their arguments often end with Caroline telling Katie to “call me when you land.” Great-Uncle Walter, terminally ill, abbreviates his suffering by driving the motorcycle into a wall.

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When Katie, an artist and single mother, and her teenage son, C.J., inherit a Harley-Davidson Road King from her deceased ex-husband, the household they share with ailing Uncle Walter is disrupted by the fear and excitement that the gift inspires.

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Michael Schiavone’s novel will cause you to wince and laugh and—if you have a beating heart—actually shed a tear here and there as you follow this bumpy family drama.”Right off the bat in Michael Schiavone’s book, Call Me When You Land, you get the idea that Katie Olmstead likes to drink—although...

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With the past parked in the driveway of their New England home, C.J.'s increasing outbursts and Katie's self-sabotage resurrect memories of Katie's own troubled childhood, one plagued by a mentally ill mother and a neglectful father.

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Katie is raising her fifteen-year-old son C.J.

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