Learning to Fly: A Novel was one of my best-selling novels. It went into four printings. It has been optioned a bunch of times for film. It sold super well in France in both hardcover and paperback. It was a Booksense pick, got starred reviews from Booklist and Library Journal, was a “Penzler Pick” for Amazon, was named one of the best books of the year by Library Journal, and was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award.
About the book
The chaotic scene of a huge, fiery chain-reaction car accident leaves Free Meeker in the possession of someone else's bag and the hitchhiker she has just picked up dead. By the next morning, 19-year-old Free, daughter of aging hippies, has discovered that the bag contains nearly a million dollars—and that the hitchhiker's body has been identified as hers. Fate seems to be handing her the chance to make her life over. But when the owner of the drug money realizes it didn't burn up in the fire, things get complicated. And things only get worse when the hitchhiker's stalking husband decides that Free must be some do-gooder hiding his wife.
What the critics said
"The suspense becomes deliciously unbearable. With Learning to Fly, Henry soars straight into the big leagues." — Starred Review, Booklist
"Features a most interesting plot, told with easy grace, choice characterization and mounting tension."— Starred Review, Library Journal
"A sure-footed chase novel that starts with a bang and rarely slows down." — Seattle Times
"A high tension thriller [with] an endearing heroine." — Denver Post
"Compulsive reading. A classic tale of an innocent on the lam, Learning to Fly has the kind of plot that would have made Hitchcock smile in evil anticipation of its cinematic possibilities." — Penzler Pick, Amazon.com
"Fast paced and harrowing." — Book Page
"April Henry kicks into high gear ... [with this] endangered woman saga." — Kirkus
"April Henry's debut, Circles of Confusion, garnered a lot of attention. This book proves that she's a talent to watch, delivering solid characters, good plot, and a great sense of place." — Canada's Globe and Mail
"Learning to Fly soars with suspense." — South Florida Sun-Sentinel
A huge multi-car accident in Oregon. I ordered all the accident reports. They were grim. One said something like, “Turn signal unit from Vehicle 17 is found in the back seat of Vehicle 14.”
What you can win
A signed, first-edition hardcover.
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