Call Me When You Land.

Author:Thompson, Joseph
Position:Book review

Michael Schiavone (author); CALL ME WHEN YOU LAND; Permanent Press (Fiction: General) $28.00 ISBN: 9781579622213

Byline: Joseph Thompson

At the end of August 2011, Tropical Storm Irene left nearly 700,000 Massachusetts residents without power. Trees were downed. Subways sat idle. And the flooding of low-lying areas of the state meant a scattering of localized highway closures. But all the paralysis caused by the storm's furious wind and rain amounts to mere inconvenience compared to the quiet devastation perpetually on the verge of breaking in Michael Schiavone's debut novel, Call Me When You Land.

Set in the fictitious coastal town of Newquay, Massachusetts, Call Me When You Land opens in the winter of 2007. Katie Olmstead receives a call informing her that Craig, her ex-husband and her son, C.J.'s, father, has died, leaving them a storage pod. Grief would have been more bearable for the family than the confusion that follows the news. With minimal memories of the man, C.J. is at a loss when it comes to processing his father's sudden death. Katie's anesthetic, Grand Marnier or whatever is handy, numbs her to the emotional pain, but keeps her painfully confused. The pod's arrival offers no solutions. Its contents, a Harley Davidson Road King, becomes the physical manifestation of all of Katie's fears of the world and C.J.'s frustrated desire for freedom.

Unlike Katie, whose career as an artist is a series of missed deadlines, creative blocks, and dead-end auxiliary jobs bartending, the numbers behind Schiavone's literary endeavors define focus and determination. Since 2003, Schiavone has won four writing contests, including the Glimmer Train Very...

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