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The Floatplane Notebooks by Clyde Edgerton

The Floatplane Notebooks (1988)

by Clyde Edgerton

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This book spoke to my heart. It is about the Copeland family in Lister North Carolina in the late sixties and early seventies. The story is told from various viewpoints, including a wisteria vine that has been around for so long it can correct old family stories. The main characater is Meredith Copeland. His best friend is his fatherless cousin Mark. It's hard to describe why I loved this book so much. I think it reminded me of my own childhood--the silly things that are so funny, the stupid trouble kids get into-- and how someone's innate character doesn't change, how unfair the world can be, and how powerful love is. ( )
  Mary_Lee | Jun 24, 2011 |
Interesting book - multi-generational told in a weaving pattern with subtleties that leave conclusions to the reader. Some conclusions I was confident about; others I wasn't and would have enjoyed discussing with other readers. Characters are intriguing yet realistic. The powerful ending sneaks up on you. ( )
  lynndp | Jun 17, 2011 |
Perhaps Edgerton's most serious novel, with Vietnam still hard to forget.
  edwin.gleaves | Jul 11, 2006 |
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The Copeland family of Listre, North Carolina, goes back a long way. Each family member has a story to tell, and stories to be told about one another. Albert Copeland, the head of the family, writes it all down in the notebooks he started once to track the progress of the floatplanes he built, though they never did fly. Everything about the Copelands is in these books. And every one of them has his say. Funny and poignant, a family album of talk and tales, The Floatplane Notebooks shares the best-kept secrets of love, loss, and learning to let go.

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Edgerton chronicles 20 years in the lives of the Copelands of North Carolina, a family just on the fringes of white trash. Albert buys kits to build floatplanes which never work, and his floatplane logbook becomes a family album of sorts.

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