When I tell people that I’ve written a novel, their first question is, “What is it about?” There are many responses to the question, some trivial, some more profound. Here are a few:
- It is an action-adventure story about a middle age man who naively gets involved in a drug deal and an affair with a prostitute. He abandons his family and ends up in jail. Along the way, there are betrayals and a lot of flying in a single-engine airplane.
- It is a story about a good man who indulged in a life-long ambition to be a pilot. He bought an airplane he couldn’t afford and rather than admit his mistake, he naively gets involved in a drug deal. One drunken night, he has sex with a beautiful woman. He re-evaluates his life and makes some important decisions.
- It is tragic story worthy of Shakespeare or Sophocles. A prideful man refuses to give up his love of flying even in the face of losing his family, his reputation and his freedom. He finds a new way of living through his love of a crafty Hispanic woman.
- A man, in the best Jewish tradition, tries to be a good provider for his family. He is laid off and starts his own business. It doesn’t go well and the one sustaining client he has terminates its contract. That’s when he is offered a great deal of money to do an illegal act. He wants to do the right thing. He struggles with right and wrong as the circumstances change.
- The book is a romance. A middle-age man finds passion he never found with his wife. In the end he must decide between obligation and passion. Lots of sex along the way.
- The novel is an autobiography. It details the author’s flying and consulting adventures.
So what is Flying Blind about? I’ll leave it to you to decide.