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The Art of Uncontrolled Flight: A Novel

by Kim Ponders

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Ponders does a good job of capturing the struggles of a woman in a man's world, not only in the military but in the cockpit and in war. It was realistic and I found her ultimate solution bittersweet. Not overly captivating, but a pleasant read. ( )
  jegka | Sep 29, 2011 |
Ponders is a wonderful writer; her language is beautiful, memorable, touching.
But this doesn't mean she knows how to tell a story. I read about half of this book and often found myself thinking, "These words are like poetry - but what on earth is going on here?" I didn't appreciate the switch in the narrative from first person to third, and there were so many characters who seemed to just appear, and I couldn't keep them all straight. Finally, I gave up, because there seemed to be no story - just words and memories and scenes. ( )
  Eliz12 | Jul 26, 2010 |
I loved the first 2 chapters then it lost me. It switched from a narrator to 1st person. Chapter 5 really lost me as it skipped around from the past to the future. I never could tell if she had 1 or 2 kids. After chapter 5, I never did figure out what year it was. It was confusing and honestly I did not care enough about the characters to try and figure it out. ( )
  taramatchi | Aug 18, 2009 |
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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.

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"Even as a little girl, Annie Shaw wanted to fly. Her father, a Korean War fighter pilot, was a mysterious and elusive figure, who captivated her at an early age with his easy charm and adventurous spirit. When tragedy strikes her family, Annie vows to take control of her life and become an aviator in her own right. But her pride in having earned her wings as an Air Force pilot is quickly sobered by the emergence of war. Iraq invades Kuwait, and Annie finds herself deployed to Saudi Arabia, waiting for the Gulf War to begin." "A tough, independent woman, Annie holds her own inside the elite, male-dominated fraternity of flying, but a thrilling, ill-fated romance threatens to bring her personal and professional lives to a collision point. And when a critical error places her crew at risk, Annie learns that flying in wartime carries a shadow far greater than the mystique it held for her when she was a child." "Written by one of the first American female aviators ever to fly in a war zone. The Art of Uncontrolled Flight is a story of a woman's perseverance in the tough and unsentimental world of military flight."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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