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Call Me When You Land

4.06 of 5 stars 4.06  ·  rating details  ·  33 ratings  ·  18 reviews

"She hears the front door bang open. Against an earlier promise, Katie adds another finger's worth of Grand Marnier to her glass, careful to tread quietly across the studio floor. Her glass is streaked black from the paint still on her fingertips. From the kitchen, the blender churns and she envisions the lipstick red potion of creatine powder and fruit punch, one of three

Hardcover, 237 pages
Published October 1st 2011 by Permanent Press (first published September 1st 2011)
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Kitty Honeycutt
Book Title: "Call Me When You Land"
Author: Michael Schiavone
Published By: The Permanent Press
Age Recommended: 18 +
Reviewed By: Kitty Bullard
Raven Rating: 5


Review: I was captured by this book and propelled forward from the very start. The story is one familiar to a lot of us, a mother with a teenage son, whose father has disappeared with the desire to chase his own dreams and never once looking back. The story touched me so deeply because I knew this story, though my own story never carrie
Aug 19, 2011 Amy rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Amy by: librarything
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Often when I finish a book and haven't loved the characters, it is tempting to feel that the book was itself not good . Upon reflection, the fact that these characters continue to needle at my thoughts would argue that this is, in fact, a very good story with uncomfortable characters.

The actions and intentions of these characters are raw, destructive, and at times, without redemption. An alcoholic, single mother with chronic black-outs; a teen-age son with anger issues; a great-uncle facing his
Tia Bach
Brilliant, gripping and memorable. I received a bound galley to review for Rebecca's Reads, so please go to to see my review. A must-read!!
This was a really great read. It was depressing, sure, but I don't mind that. I enjoyed many aspects of this novel-it was the small things that kept me interested. For one thing, I just liked that Katie was an artist and that C.J. had inherited her passion and talent for art. I enjoy reading about artistic people or families. It's small details like that which can really make a book enjoyable for me, even if the story line isn't something I typically delve into.

I read this book for the characte
In Call Me When You Land by Michael Schiavone Katie Olmstead doesn't want to repeat the mistakes of her parents. But try as she might, it isn't working. She is an alcoholic like her mother, and an absentee parent to her son, C.J., just like her parents were.

Katie uses alcohol to hide the pain and avoid reality. She can't even acknowledge that she is an alcoholic. As long as she can drive to work, hold a conversation, and make it home in one piece, then she isn't an alcoholic. The amount of alcoh
Sheryl Sorrentino
I selected this book because it was published by a first- time author whose literary agent is someone I had queried in the past (and who rejected all three of my novels). So I was curious to see what she liked.

For whatever reasons (one of which might admittedly be sour grapes on my part), I couldn't connect with the main character or her teenage son. The writing was perfectly fine; the story moved along well enough for the most part. It just didn't especially stoke me. For all its seemingly edg
Melysah Bunting

Call Me When You Land by Michael Schiavone is a story about a single mother struggling in every aspect of her life. Katie had a child with a man who wasn't ideal, she drinks too much, her own childhood haunts her, she works in a bar at age 40, etc. It's a very realistic story.

I generally like stories like this. It helps to see into other people's lives and it also allows you to see them in yourself. Their struggle is your struggle.

Katie has a teenage son named C.J. She must tell him that his non
I received this book as an ARC review. I like reading first novels from writers, which is why I was interested in this one. Schiavone had written several short stories, with this being his first novel. You can find out more about him at his website

This story was raw, emotional, and heart-breaking. It was kind-of like driving by a car accident, you shouldn't watch, but you can't look away. The pain Katie and C.J. were going through in this novel was tough to read
A beautiful novel that delves deeply into the wounded psyche of a single mother struggling to make ends meet, Michael Schiavone’s Call me when you land tells of a fractured year in the lives of Katie Olmstead, her teenage son C.J., elderly Uncle Walt and a Harley-Davidson motorcycle. Katie’s brief success as a local artist seems as doomed as her relationship with her son, and the drink she uses to build herself up is slowly tearing her down. But sometimes it’s tearing down illusions that leads t ...more
Kathleen Kelly
Call Me When You Land is a story of a dysfunctional family. The mother, Katie Olmstead, is a deeply troubled woman, an accomplished artist and a woman with a drinking problem that she denies. Her son, Cal, a 15 year old full of angst. Then there is Uncle Walter, who is dying of cancer and a sister who she rarely sees. This group of misfits just try to get through day by day. Then Katie's husband, who left her when Cal was a baby, dies and leaves something for Cal as an inheritance. This novel is ...more
Dec 14, 2011 Jacque rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone who loves a good book
This was a very good book. I loved the plot. It was very moving. This book was very interesting and easy to read. I wish everyone could read this.

This book was about the relationship between a mother and her son. At the beginning of the book the boy’s father dies and leaves him a motorcycle. The relationship between the mother and son is not good from the beginning. The son needs a male presence in his life for stability and there is none there. The boy decides to leave home for a while. There
In his first novel, Michael Schiavone brings us the story of a mother and son, both drifting with a lack of direction or purpose. As they struggle individually, the two also strive against one another, damaging their already delicate relationship. When a Harley Davidson Road King shows up unexpectedly in their driveway one morning, change is bound to happen somehow. Can mom Katie and her son C.J. find a way to rebuild their connection? For my full review, visit ...more
Lorian Jones
this book is good but not the way i thought it would be but i do understand that this book is teaching someone not to do drugs or drink a lot of alcohol because that would mess your life up
i thank the author for letting the deaf gurl read this book
I recieved this book free through GoodReads First Reads. I don't know if I was in the right state of mind to read this was pretty depressing. Yet it held my attention and there are many moments that will stay with me forever.
Hard to believe this book was written by a man. Michael Schiavonne understands his protagonist, Katie very well. I cared about her, wanted her to get sober, be a better mom, get along with her sister.
Good read.
extremely well-written. so much so I became engaged despite the selfish and often annoying characters. Oh and the weirdo fictional Massachusetts town name of Newquay.
Remarkable - does everything a great novel should. Anxiously awaiting the next.
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Michael Schiavone has been writing professionally since 2000. After graduating from Dickinson College, he worked as a stockbroker in San Francisco and Boston during the late '90's dot-com boom. Following that bubble's burst, he tended bar in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Currently he works as a day trader and emergency medical technician on Massachusett's North Shore.

When not writing, Michael practices m
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