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Posted August 31, 2014
Maralys Wills shares the poignant tale of her sons' coming of age and the shifting relationship between a mother and her boys as they become young adults. Any woman who has raised adventurous children will appreciate her telling of the slow dance we perform as we finally give them—sometimes wrenchingly—control of their own lives. We guide them, based on their needs, interests and personalities and, when they get older, we hold our breath and watch as they make their own decisions about jobs, friends and daring pursuits. In the end, we have to let them fly—usually symbolically, but in Wills' case, quite literally.
Maralys and her son, Chris, deftly describe the serene beauty of hang gliding, along with the sheer terror it holds for those of us nervous at any height higher than a step ladder. But even more fascinating is their insider's look into the early years of the sport, as it evolved from reckless youngsters jumping off hillsides with homemade kites of sheet plastic and bamboo sticks, to skilled athletes performing unimaginable feats.
Higher Than Eagles is both an intimate family story and an exciting page-turner. I heartily recommend it.
Posted December 19, 2010
Be prepared for a breathtaking, roller coaster journey of human emotions. At her literary best, this award winning author engages readers of all genes in an amazing family memoir. Higher than Eagles will bring you to tears one moment while making you laugh the next. It will most definitely tug at your heartstrings. With incredible candor, Maralys and Chris Wills bring the reader into their close knit, fun-loving family. They share not only their family triumphs but also the tragic deaths of her two sons- his two brothers. From the opening page, Wills will have you hooked and wanting to read more.
Darlene Quinn, Author of Twisted Webs.