Barnstorm: A Novel

Barnstorm: A Novel

by Wayne Page


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Seventy-year-old Gerty Murphy is losing her Ohio farm to foreclosure. She had lost her Marine son in Afghanistan, then her husband to a broken heart. A ruthless, big-city banker is closing in fast. When an afraid-of-heights, awkward wannabe pilot aptly nicknamed "Trip" drops into her life, he overcomes a bullied past for a worthwhile payoff.

Poignant. Clever. Adventurous. Barnstorm combines the high-flyin' exploits of World War II stunt pilots with the feel-good rural life reminiscent of 1950s Americana. Biplanes. Air shows. County fairs. Bull riding. Rodeo clowns. Cantankerous roosters. Farm-pond skinny-dippin'.

This coming-of-age tale is packed with high-flying action as loop-de-loop airplanes streak through the clouds.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781634138567
Publisher: Mill City Press, Inc.
Publication date: 06/14/2016
Pages: 334
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.75(d)

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Barnstorm: A Novel 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a pilot of over 30 years and have read some truly great aviation novels combining life in their threads. This is one of those. I read this almost straight through. Even if you've no interest in'll enjoy this one. Doran Jaffas
alzsmiles More than 1 year ago
As I close the last page my first thought is: this is the classic hero’s journey set in the Ohio countryside. Having grown up in a mom and pop roadside grill I know these characters. Reading this book is a step back to people I have known. They would have been my friends. The book’s hero is an unlikely chap who literally falls into his adventure. He works through his years of prior conditioning and self-talk little crisis after little crisis. In the end he overcomes his prior labels and is transformed. It is a feel good read. And don’t we all need a dip into nostalgia with a resurfacing into happy?