The Art of Crash Landing by Melissa DeCarlo
Oh man, I really enjoyed this book, a great end-of-Summer read! It's the story of Mattie, thirty years old, broke, nowhere to go and pregnant. She's afraid she's turning into her mother, a broken, alcoholic who always seemed to make the worst choices. When Mattie turns up at her former Stepfather's trailer, she finds out that her Maternal Grandmother has passed away and the lawyers have been trying to get in touch with her since she's the only living relative. Thinking there's an inheritance to be had she hops in her ancient car and drives from Florida to a tiny town in Oklahoma. Once she arrives, that's when things get interesting. Told over the span of a week (except at the end when there's a bit of a fast forward), the mystery of her Mother's never talked about past unravels and Mattie learns more about her family and herself in the process. There are some fantastic characters along the way and you will have a love/hate relationship with Mattie (she's delightfully frustrating at times). The story is funny, heartbreaking and just well told. A satisfying first novel from Ms. DeCarlo, I'm looking forward to more from her.