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Flying at Night

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  769 ratings  ·  218 reviews
An emotionally charged debut novel, told through the voices of three family members, who learn that when your world changes, so does your destination....

Stay-at-home mom Piper Whitman Hart is too close to her nine-year-old son Fred to realize that his idiosyncrasies are signs of something more. And just when his diagnosis of autism sends her life reeling, she's dragged bac
Published April 10th 2018 by Penguin Audio
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May 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes, our unseen, unnoticed and unSUNG acts mean the most to others - and, eventually to OURSELVES.

This is the story of one woman’s personal odyssey to finding meaning, purpose - and the key to HERSELF. For Piper takes charge of her life and is saved by her ACTIONS.

Have you ever been stuck, without so much as a breath of fresh air for your soul’s sail, in the dreary Doldrums of a life going NOWHERE?

Piper is like that. And she’s in a hopeless pickle because there is no longer any energy or
Apr 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Heartfelt read about a woman struggling to come to terms with her son’s autism diagnosis, while at the same time having to care for her emotionally abusive father.

Piper, a former illustrator, lives in a fragile existence rife with anxiety. She ignores the problems in her marriage and brushes aside her nine-year-old son Fred’s odd behavior. She is aware that Fred isn’t like other children, as he struggles to form connections with people and is more focused on his recent obsession with World
Apr 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a well told debut novel about a family with issues. Piper is the mother of an autistic son. She’s still trying to adjust to that diagnosis when her father suffers a heart attack that leaves him with brain damage.

The book is told from three perspectives, Piper, her father and her son, Fred. You see right away that Piper doesn’t recognize her son’s idiosyncrasies for what they are. And her father is a real piece of work; an asshole of the first order. Fred’s sections are told from his nin
Angela M
Apr 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
None of us are perfect and the things that happen to us aren’t always fair. This is precisely why this novel felt so real. The characters are flawed, their relationships are imperfect and life doles out some things that are difficult to accept and deal with. There are dysfunctional relationships between a father and his children and between a man and his wife. A devoted mother is in denial about her nine year old son who is diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum and her sometimes wallowing in ...more
Nov 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Shruti by: Fergus
Flying at Night is one of the most beautiful books I've ever read. It's realistic and heartbreaking; the kind of book that you wouldn't want to finish in one sitting because you wish to fully and slowly experience the emotions you feel as you read it.

The story follows the lives of Piper, a stay-at-home mom; her nine-year-old son, Fred, who doesn't make friends easily and obsesses over subjects like planes and World War II for extended periods of time before something else grabs his attention; a
May 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sweet mercy is nobility’s true badge. William Shakespeare

Touching and deeply affecting, I was unexpectedly taken with how much I enjoyed this book and how so much of the story resonated on a personal level. This was as much due to the insights into what it truly means to summon mercy and grant forgiveness as with the humanity of the characters which were so beautifully drawn.

Fred, the heart, soul and humor of the story, endearing and as authentic a characterization of an autistic child as I’ve

”Heaven bless the one who flies
A pioneer on frontier skies
The world was dark and your only mark
Was the light of the northern star
I imagine what was in your eyes
The seeds of rust and days gone by
Your wings hang in a gallery sky
I wonder how you're flying”

-- Heroes and Heroines , Mary Chapin Carpenter, Songwriters: Mary Chapin Carpenter

This begins in autumn, with Piper Whitman-Hart - named for the plane, mom to son Fred, as our first narrator. Fred follows as the second narrator, wit
Suzanne Leopold (Suzy Approved Book Reviews)
Piper Hart has a nine-year-old boy named Fred. She is a stay at home mom and her lawyer husband Isaac works long hours. Piper is very close to her son and overlooks his obsessive peculiarities and deficient social skills. After a conference at Fred’s school, she realizes that Fred’s issues could be serious. She will put him through a series of tests to see if he is on the autism spectrum.

At the same time Piper’s father, Lance, suffers a massive heart attack. He survives but has severe memory los
Piper Whitman is a stay-at-home mother devoted to raising her 9-year old son, Fred. When circumstances force her to face the reality that her son’s “quirkiness” may be something more, Piper has to come to terms with him being on the autism spectrum. Soon after, her emotionally abusive father suffers a debilitating heart attack that leaves him brain damaged, requiring care in her home for the unforseeable future.

Piper’s world seemed to have changed in an instant but the truth is her experiences
When Piper Whitman Hart received the call from her mother to say her father had had a massive heart attack, her feelings were of quiet relief – she knew her mother would feel the same, as would her brother Curtiss. Lance was a well-respected pilot but at home was an emotionally abusive man and had been all their childhood – all their mother’s marriage. He wasn’t expected to live – but he did; his brain damage was severe.

Piper’s son Fred was nine years old and her and husband Isaac’s only child.
Sarah Joint
Apr 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thoughtful and poignant, this is an impressive debut from author Rebecca L. Brown. I do not have much experience with autism, but I am an aunt and caregiver to a child with special needs. My situation has not been completely similar to that of the main character, but there were moments I found myself identifying with her anyway. I think that'll happen to a lot of readers, caregivers or not. It's brutally honest - though Piper is certainly a good and decent person, she is not perfect. The book ha ...more
Nov 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A delectable surprise. "Flying by Night" portrays three generations marked decidedly by their respective ages. The middle figure is dab in the middle, at times trapped between, bookmarked, by the younger & older. She finds out much about them both, & in doing so finds herself.

Although it must be so convenient to have a protagonist that has a job that allows her to remain at home--ergo the problems in her life. That of overthinking her child' prognosis of early autism because it is privilege to
Bam cooks the books ;-)
This extremely poignant and well-written debut novel is told from three points of view--that of Piper, a young wife and mother living in Wisconsin; Fred, her nine-year-old son; and Lance, Piper's father, a commercial airline pilot.

Fred has recently been tested and diagnosed as being on the high end of the autism spectrum. Piper is devastated, wondering if something she might have done could have caused this to happen. And why wasn't it noticed earlier?

On top of this stressful news, Lance, Piper
Three voices, three stories, three generations, all woven within the fabric of “family.” Witness the good, the bad and the love in a family riddled with flaws, yet in the end has the glue that gives strength and teaches lessons on life.

Piper couldn’t see that her young son, Fred had a disability. He was serious, quiet and would zero in on his current interests with an obsessive enthusiasm to the exclusion of all else, including the social and curricular requirements of school. The diagnosis of a
Sherri Thacker
5 stars ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️PLUS 5 stars ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ . I just think this might be my FAVORITE book of 2018!!!! Thanks to the publisher for an early release of this book. Absolutely fantastic! Beautifully written and this is her debut novel. Wow!!!!
Novel read upon request of publisher

I wish I could give this novel 10 stars! Rebecca Brown will hit close to home with many different readers: Mothers with autistic kids, women taking care of older parents, adult children survivors of abusive parents, husbands and wives who've disconnected. The scope of this novel is incredible!

Piper has spent years in therapy learning to deal with the verbal abuse heaped on her and her brother by her father. Her father, a pilot, suffers a massive heart attack a
Lily (Night Owl Book Cafe)
Apr 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.A beautifully written, emotionally charged novel about family.

Piper is a stay at home mom, who is very close to her son that she does not realize that his idiosyncrasies could be a sign of something more. Dealing with her own family drama, Piper's world is thrown into a spin when her son is identified with Autism around the same time her emotional
Sep 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a lovely novel. Wonderful characterizations, believable situations, terrific tension. A great read.
Lorien Owens
Oct 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 enthusiastic stars! Only rarely does a book resonate with me down to my core. This is one of those rare occasions. The plot, characters & themes all struck a chord. This would be a fantastic book club choice. So many discussions could be had! I look forward to more of her writing! ...more
Sharon May
Apr 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thanks so much to NetGalley, Berkley, and Rebecca Brown for the opportunity to read and review her debut novel - I loved it. I think I'm a sucker for books that really delve into characters and quirky characters to boot - this one was all that and more.

Piper was raised by a strict, controlling, verbally abusive father, Lance. Her brother left at the earliest opportunity and has very little to do with the family. Piper was always mad at her mom for not leaving her dad and putting up with and excu
Kelsie Maxwell
Apr 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ftr-read
I found Rebecca Brown’s debut novel to be very different from my usual read. Different but quite good. Flying at Night is the story of a woman, Piper, caring for a son recently diagnosed with autism and a father who recently experienced brain damage. The story is told from the point of view of not just Piper, but also her son, Fred, and her father, Lance. The emotional state and interpersonal relationships of all three main characters are beautifully presented. Brown also brilliantly weaves Pipe ...more
Apr 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Four plus stars. This debut novel, Flying at Night, by Rebecca L. Brown had me a little nervous because expectations. And fears. I pretty much review all my reading but with a formal request to read and review came an added sense of responsibility to do right by the author and I will straight up admit that I was afraid of too much cheese filling. I am relieved to report this deserves the praise it has received and after a slow start I grew to appreciate each character, in all their glorious impe ...more
Mar 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I first started this book, I thought this is going to be cheesy exaggerated characters and they will do heartwarming things like a Hallmark movie. But once I gave it a chance past the first few chapters, I could not put it down. I was absorbed in the story, and loved how each characters flaws came out in a real way. At times I just wanted to grab Piper and say "Why can't you just forgive your father?!?" or "Stop yelling at Isaac, he's doing then best he can." But it gave the early, what fel ...more
Mar 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
The world seemed to love Piper's father Lance when she was growing up, and why not? They called him a hero. She had to admit he was a fantastic pilot, deserving of the nickname "The Silver Eagle". It was his expert piloting that allowed him to successfuly take a plane through a horrific emergency landing.

At home, though, Piper's dad was not exactly a hero. Away from the spotlight, he was overbearing, bossy, a man of very few kind words, and a micro-manager.

When Piper grows up and has a family of
Jan 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways
This was a GoodReads giveaway win.
Definitely an emotionally charged book. Lance "Silver Eagle" Whitman has a wife, a daughter (Piper), and a son (Curtis). He had a hard life with an abusive father. Lance turned out to be verbally and emotionally abusive to his family. His wife never intervened for the children or herself. Curtis left after college and cut ties. Piper married and had a son, but still lives close.
This story tell about the different relationships between the members of this family,
Amber Garabrandt

This book is about a family learning to reconnect after several emotional and medical blows.

Piper: Once an illustrator, now a stay at home mom for her nine year old Fred. He has idiosyncrasies, but to her the sweet boy is perfect. Highly intelligent and driven toward his interests, she only wants to encourage him. Yes, she would love is those interests were something other than war…. but what’s a mom to do? When the rest of the world hits her with the news that she couldn’t see- her boy
Mar 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: obs
What an incredible (first) novel! It is emotionally tumultuous, allowing the reader to consider her own family relationships through the safety of reading about someone else. The characters are thoroughly revealed through the three characters whose eyes we see the events through. This is written so well that this reader not only has empathy for those we read about, but also empathy for what the author must have experienced while writing it.

Piper is the daughter of Judy and Lance, a pilot nicknam
Carla Johnson-Hicks
This is a well written debut novel about a family with issues. Piper is the mother of an autistic son. She’s still trying to adjust to this new diagnosis as well as deal with her absent husband. While all this is going on, her father suffers a severe heart attack that leaves him with brain damage. When his wife can not longer cope with her husband, and does not want to take care of him, Piper moves him into her home to care for him.

This story is told from the POVs of Piper, Fred, and Lance (Pip
Mar 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars.
Flying at Night by Rebecca L. Brown is a bittersweet and touching novel of healing.

Piper Whitman has a lot on her plate when she unexpectedly becomes her father's caretaker. Her husband, Isaac Hart, is a law professor who is also part of The Innocence Project so he works long hours and even when he is home, he is not always engaged with his family. Their nine year old son, Fred, is a delight but his many quirks and idiosyncrasies exhaust Piper. Her relationship with her father, airplan
Apr 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, ftr
This is a powerful story packed with emotions; it’s not a happy book but probably portrays many people’s situations. Don’t let this put you off reading it because the writing is excellent and the story keeps you involved. Piper is the mother of Fred, a nine year old who has different ways and is not sociable in the accepted way; she is finally forced to accept the diagnosis that Fred is on the autistic spectrum. She is the daughter of Lance, a pilot who was a verbally abusive husband and father; ...more
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“I’m not sure what you want, Piper. Do you want me to send money? Would that help?” Curtiss asked. “He’s not like an abandoned pet, Curtiss. God! He’s your father and you could come up and help me out. That would be helpful.” I was angry with him. I felt like once again he had walked away from me and left me at a critical time. When I was a junior in high school, Curtiss went away to college and left me alone to navigate life with my father, and for those two years I held a vicious grudge. Curtiss left me alone to battle my father’s moods, alone to absorb Curtiss’s portion of his criticisms, alone to protect my mother from his cruel tone and even crueler periods of silence. Curtiss visited home rarely, but when he did I made sure that he could feel my wrath underneath my layers of friendly conversation. Finally, when he returned for my own high school graduation, he addressed my years of quiet fury. “Piper, you just don’t know how it is. It’s not like this in other families. It’s different when you get out into the world.” 3 likes
“I spent a good amount of time considering my life and where I had been and the stunning fact that I had no idea where I was going. When I was in the midst of my career, I imagined myself on a trajectory that pointed only up, toward success. When Fred was born it was the same, a career of baby raising that led to child raising that led to the eventual victory of a young man capable of co-opting my responsibilities and then a young woman willing to fill in the gaps that Fred was unaware needed filling or uninterested in filling himself.” 3 likes
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