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Some Things About Flying: A Novel [Paperback]

Joan Barfoot
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Sept. 8 1997

Lila and Tom are airborne, en route to their first real holiday together since beginning their affair more than five years ago. Free, Lila things, if only for two weeks - free from the constraints of secrecy, free to act on mutual desire. Then the dramatic and unexpected happen, and Lila must look, as she has never looked before, at the grounds on which she has based her life, even as they seem to drop from beneath her. Is Tom the man she thinks he is? Is Lila the woman she wants to be? And what, after all, is freedom? Compelling and sharply drawn, Some Things about Flying cunningly dismantles male-female relationships with tremendous wit and insight. (1997)


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Joan Barfoot is an award-winning novelist whose work has been compared internationally with that of Anne Tyler, Carol Shields, Margaret Drabble and Margaret Atwood. Her novels include Luck in 2005, nominated for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, as well as Abra, which won the Books in Canada first novels award, Dancing in the Dark, which became an award-winning Canadian entry in the Cannes and Toronto Film Festivals, Duet for Three, Family News, Plain Jane, Charlotte and Claudia Keeping in Touch, Some Things About Flying, and Getting Over Edgar. Her 2001 novel, Critical Injuries, was longlisted for the 2002 Man Booker Prize and shortlisted for the 2001 Trillium Book Award. In 1992 she was given the Marian Engel Award. Also a journalist during much of her career, she lives in London, Ontario, Canada.

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3.0 out of 5 stars some things about this book June 4 2007
By fraises
Format:Paperback
The novel, Some Things about Flying by Joan Barfoot is about a single woman and a married man going on their first real romantic holiday together. Everything was going smooth until the unexpected happens. Lila, the protagonist of the novel, sees her life pass right by in front of her, as people around her start panicking and freaking out.

The book started off very slowly, giving details about the characters little by little, and then when it hits a certain chapter, difficulties arise. The wing of the plane was on fire. This created a very vivid image for someone who rides the plane often. When people go on a plane, they would put their 100% confidence on the pilot and the company that they will be able to go from point A to point B. This novel provided me a different outlet of thinking about things we put trust and rely on daily.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Grabbed from the first page! Oct. 5 2002
Format:Paperback
Picture this, single woman, married man, a clandestine affair, a romantic flight until... disaster strikes! It's a book about really finding out what people are made of, it's like an emotional cat scan. It made me curse and laugh out loud. If you're taking it to read on a trip... go Greyhound.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Grabbed from the first page! Oct. 5 2002
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Picture this, single woman, married man, a clandestine affair, a romantic flight until... disaster strikes! It's a book about really finding out what people are made of, it's like an emotional cat scan. It made me curse and laugh out loud. If you're taking it to read on a trip... go Greyhound.
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