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Author: Melissa DeCarlo Narrator: Johanna Parker Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2015 ISBN: 9780062416292
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From a bright new talent comes this debut novel about a young woman who travels for the first time to her mother’s hometown, and gets sucked into the mystery that changed her family forever

Mattie Wallace has really screwed up this time. Broke and knocked up, she’s got all her worldly possessions crammed into six giant trash bags, and nowhere to go. Try as she might, Mattie can no longer deny that she really is turning into her mother, a broken alcoholic who never met a bad choice she didn’t make.

When Mattie gets news of a possible inheritance left by a grandmother she’s never met, she jumps at this one last chance to turn things around. Leaving the Florida Panhandle, she drives eight hundred miles to her mother’s birthplace—the tiny town of Gandy, Oklahoma. There, she soon learns that her mother remains a local mystery—a happy, talented teenager who inexplicably skipped town thirty-five years ago with nothing but the clothes on her back. But the girl they describe bears little resemblance to the damaged woman Mattie knew, and before long it becomes clear that something terrible happened to her mother, and it happened here. The harder Mattie digs for answers, the more obstacles she encounters. Giving up, however, isn’t an option. Uncovering what started her mother’s downward spiral might be the only way to stop her own.

Hilarious, gripping, and unexpectedly wise, The Art of Crash Landing is a poignant novel from an assured new voice.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Melissa DeCarlo’s storytelling is strong and sure, genuinely moving and genuinely funny. Like her unlikely heroine, she’s a force to be reckoned with.”

    Jacquelyn Mitchard, #1 New York Times bestselling author

  • “A dazzling debut that truly soars.”

    Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestselling author

  • “DeCarlo has created a compulsively likable mess of a protagonist who will keep readers laughing and cringing— even as they begin really rooting for her…Surprising, poignant, and page-turning…A strong debut and a thoroughly entertaining read.”

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram

  • “Decarlo’s excellent debut chronicles what happens when thirty-year-old Mattie Wallace finds herself unearthing family secrets in her mother’s hometown…DeCarlo’s writing bristles with Mattie’s vibrant personality…A triumphant first novel.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Fascinating, mysterious…The pacing is excellent and the prose fluid as the story unfolds in a combination of flashbacks and present-day scenes. This debut is thick with secrets; it will cause readers to question everyone and everything. The author does an outstanding job combining suspense with heartache, adding a dash of romance and, at the end, hope.”

    Library Journal

  • “First novelist DeCarlo deftly weaves in flashbacks about Mattie’s childhood and creates a cast of wonderfully full-blooded, fallible characters…Best of all is Mattie herself, who has cultivated a measure of humanity in addition to impressive survival skills and whose briskly told story is instantly involving. An impressive debut.”


  • “DeCarlo’s debut is confident and accomplished, filled with heart and humor.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Behind the smartass mouth of Mattie Wallace, our troubled protagonist, is a whole lot of heart, soul and humor.”

    Jessica Anya Blau, author of The Wonder Bread Summer

  • A September 2015 LibraryReads Pick

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About the Author

Melissa DeCarlo was born and raised in Oklahoma City, and has worked as an artist, graphic designer, grant writer, and even—back when computers were the size of refrigerators—a computer programmer. The Art of Crash Landing is her first novel. She lives in East Texas with her husband and a motley crew of rescue animals.

About the Narrator

Johanna Parker is an Audie and Earphone Award–winning actress living and working in San Francisco. Since narrating her first audiobook in 2002, she has received praise for her work in all genres, including her portrayal of Sookie Stackhouse in Charlaine Harris’ Southern Vampire books. She received her BFA in acting from Boston University and studied Shakespeare at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. She has performed on stages in London, Los Angeles, Seattle, and New York and has numerous film and television credits. As a voice-over actress, she has voiced commercials, video games, documentaries, and websites.