If you’re looking for your next book discussion selection, look no further. Melissa DeCarlo’s debut novel about a dysfunctional family set in a small town full of secrets is bound to fit the bill.
Mattie Wallace is a self proclaimed screw up. We meet her as she has packed all her belongings into several trash bags, stolen her boyfriend’s prize possession, and jumped into her old car heading off for a visit to her stepfather. There she learns that the grandmother she never knew has died and possibly left her something.
On an impulse, she jumps in her car and drives off to the small town in Oklahoma where her mother grew up and her grandmother died. Mattie lost her mother several years earlier but we don’t find out how or why until much later. The story moves and back and forth between Mattie’s childhood with her single, alcoholic mother and her present day circumstances. To complicate things further, Mattie is pregnant.
While staying in her grandmother’s house, Mattie learns more about her mother and her family than she expects, and even more about herself. At times poignant, funny and occasionally even inspirational, Mattie is a well drawn character that is simply unforgettable. Enjoy this warm, wonderful, witty read.
9/15 Stacy Alesi, AKA the BookBitch™
THE ART OF CRASH LANDING by Melissa DeCarlo. Harper Paperbacks (September 8, 2015)). ISBN 978-0062390547. 432p.