Fearless

Rafael Yglesias, Author Warner Books $18.95 (308p) ISBN 978-0-446-51723-2
A powerful examination of denial and guilt, Yglesias's ( Hot Properties) terrific new novel opens with a gut-wrenching scene incarnating the worst nightmares of anyone who is afraid of flying. Forty-two minutes after takeoff, a DC-10 en route from New York to Los Angeles loses its rear engine. Max Klein, an architect traveling with his business partner, imagines the worst. Carla Fransisca, her two-year-old son in her lap, refuses to believe that she and her child are in danger. When the plane crashes, both are ironically confounded: Max walks away unhurt, and Carla blames herself for her son's death. The ordeal crushes Carla, elevates Max to a higher level of perception and strips them both of everything except brutal, fearless honesty. Yglesias chronicles their actions after the flight with the same candor, often portraying Max and Carla as abrupt and abrasive without making them any less real or less likable to the reader. A screenwriter as well as a novelist, he makes good use of cinematic techniques. Each image in his simple, precise prose is vivid and memorable; the pre-crash scene on the plane and a later re-enactment of the accident, in particular, linger in the mind. Film rights to Spring Creek Productions; audio rights to Simon & Schuster; BOMC alternate. ( Apr. )
Reviewed on: 03/29/1993
Release date: 04/01/1993
Genre: Fiction
Library Binding - 508 pages - 978-0-8161-5820-1
Library Binding - 508 pages - 978-0-8161-5819-5
Analog Audio Cassette - 978-0-671-86815-4
Ebook - 339 pages - 978-1-4532-0500-6
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