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.