by Sukey HowardJune, 2004
Up in the air
Jerry Battle, the somewhat aloof narrator of Chang-rae Lee's Aloft likes to fly his plane over the suburban landscape where he has always lived. His meandering manner, perfectly voiced by reader Don Leslie, makes you feel as though you're in the air with him, circling in on his character as he talks about his long-dead wife, the ex-girlfriend he wants back, his daughter who refuses to face a life-threatening disease, his son who's running the family business into the ground, and his aging father stowed unhappily in a nursing home. Aloft offers a compelling view of self-made America today.