The Art of Uncontrolled Flight: A Novel (Paperback)

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Annie Shaw was captivated as a child by her father's elusive presence and his love of flying. After tragically losing her mother, Annie follows her father into the Air Force and becomes one of the first women to fly in combat during the Gulf War. But life in the Air Force is not as glamorous as she imagined. Copilot, wife, and lover, Annie struggles to hold her separate lives together until the war itself intervenes. This smart, tightly drawn work, based on the author's life, masterfully illustrates the great pleasures and tragedy that result from war.

About the Author

Kim Ponders grew up near Boston and graduated from Syracuse University. In 1991 she flew with Desert Storm as one of the first American women ever in combat. Her experiences formed the basis of her first novel, The Art of Uncontrolled Flight. Now a speechwriter for the Commander, Air Force Reserve, she lives with her husband and sons in New Hampshire.

Praise For…

“Powerful . . . beautifully done, haunting and sad. . . . Ponders is . . . a talented writer.” — Washington Post

“Real romance … Ponders knows of what she writes.” — New York Post

“Harrowing. . . Catch-22 worthy rogues.” — Los Angeles Times

“Wry, hardheaded sensibility…” — New York Times Book Review

“Compelling ... Readers will find insight and wisdom.” — School Library Journal

“Tense and erotic … urgent and morally complicated … this carefully crafted war story and romance marks an ambitious debut.” — Publishers Weekly

“Recommended … a well-told story and one not often heard.” — Library Journal

“Engrossing [with] gripping moments … shows promise.” — Kirkus Reviews

Product Details
ISBN: 9780060786090
ISBN-10: 0060786094
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publication Date: May 22nd, 2007
Pages: 208
Language: English