Dear American Airlines by Jonathan Miles
A Novel

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Bennie Ford, a fifty-three-year-old failed poet turned translator, is traveling to his estranged daughter’s wedding when his flight is canceled. Stuck with thousands of fuming passengers in the purgatory of O’Hare International Airport, he watches the clock tick and realizes that he will miss the ceremony. Frustrated, irate, and helpless, Bennie does the only thing he can: he starts to write a letter. But what begins as a hilariously excoriating demand for a refund soon becomes a lament for a life gone awry, for years misspent, talent wasted, and happiness lost. Bennie’s writing is infused with a sense of remorse for the actions of a lifetime—and made all the more urgent by the fading hope that if he can just make it to the wedding, he might have a chance to do something right.

A margarita blend of outrage, humor, vulnerability, intelligence, and regret, Dear American Airlines gives new meaning to the term "airport novel" and announces the emergence of a major new talent in American fiction.

 

About Jonathan Miles

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JONATHAN MILES's first novel, Dear American Airlines, was named a New York Times Notable Book and a Best Book of the Year by the Los Angeles Times and the Wall Street Journal. A former columnist for the New York Times, he serves as a contributing editor to magazines as diverse as Field & Stream and Details, and writes regularly for the New York Times Book Review and The Literary Review (UK). A former longtime resident of Oxford, Mississippi, he currently lives with his family in rural New Jersey.
 
Published June 2, 2009 by Mariner Books. 193 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference. Fiction

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He explains the circumstances leading to her conception, after he began a relationship with another poet whose attitude toward life—and toward Bennie—became far more pragmatic in the wake of motherhood.

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“Dear American Airlines,” Jonathan Miles’s fine first novel, takes the form of a letter to the titular air carrier, which has stranded Benjamin R.

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The writer’s virtuosity is best demonstrated by the striking and sometimes surreal contrasts between the various narratives.

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Ford, the protagonist of Dear American Airlines, has plenty of time on his hands as he waits .

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Entertainment Weekly

Thanks to an airline snafu, Bennie Ford is stuck — along with a lot of other passengers— in the bowels of Chicago's O'Hare Airport in Jonathan Miles' Dear American Airlines.

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Steve Weinberg Los Angeles Times 4 of 5 Stars "Miles’ novel is more than a harangue about the degradation of air travel;

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