Dear American Airlines (Compact Disc)

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If only we could all spend our time in the airport as productively as Bennie Ford. Stuck in the purgatory of O’Hare airport, and missing his estranged daughter’s wedding, Bennie performs powerful alchemy in the form of a letter to American Airlines. Beginning as a raging complaint, it becomes a beautiful, wry, cathartic gem of a novel.

— Sara, Atlanta


Bennie Ford, a fifty-three-year-old failed poet turned translator, is traveling to his estranged daughter's wedding when his flight is cancelled. Stuck with thousands of fuming passengers in the purgatory of O'Hare airport, he watches the clock tick and realizes that he will miss the ceremony. Frustrated, irate, and helpless, Bennie does the only thing he can: he starts to write a letter. But what begins as a hilariously excoriating demand for a refund soon becomes a cris de coeur of a life misspent, talent wasted. Bennie pens his letter in a voice that is a marvel of lacerating wit, heart-on-sleeve emotion, and wide-ranging erudition--all propelled by the fading hope that if he can just make it to the wedding, he has a chance to do something right in his life.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781433214721
ISBN-10: 1433214725
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Publication Date: June 5th, 2008
Pages: 6
Language: English