When was the last time you took a chance?
For the small group of friends in Flying A Kite At Night During A Storm, taking a chance means many things: letting go, learning to love, allowing yourself feel again after a staggering personal loss. In turn amusing and poignant, this is a story about the foundations of friendship and overcoming fear: the fear of loneliness, the fear of the unknown, the fear of life and ultimately, the fear of not having lived to your full extent.
From the first page of this extraordinary work, you are asked: in an age where your life can change in a single instant with a single act how much would you be willing to risk?
Are you ready to take a chance?
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a very wonderful book to read, Thomas Long's let you know how to handle any kind of situation you can get into, and how to handle what is coming next. You do have to let go of your past and move forward. I know I did.
*Flying A Kite At Night During A Storm* is not really about losing a partner to death, realizing you were sexually abused as a child, breaking up with a lover, coming out after more than 20 years of marriage, fears about growing old alone, being estranged from your family, facing financial problems, or being leery about entering a relationship where your common sense is telling you 'it can't possibly work.' True, at least one of the characters in this novel goes through each of those things, but the book deals more with how they got beyond the 'rotten hand' they initially felt that fate may have dealt them, and managed to go on with their lives. The approach isn't based on book psychology or spirituality, but common sense. So it is really about letting yourself grieve and gradually letting go, putting your past behind you, not being afraid of change but accepting it as a natural part of living, taking charge of your own happiness, and realizing ... in a phrase spoken by one character and often quoted throughout ... 'You can't ask, you gotta DO.' The story's narrator is 40ish Tom, who has been living in domesic bliss for almost 20 years with his partner Hank. His life falls apart in the first few pages of the book, when he hears a gunshot outside and sees that his lover was shot dead in front of their home, in a robbery attempt. We meet his good friends who provide support and encouragement to help him get through the funeral and the grieving that feels like it will go on forever. There's Victor and Susan, the married couple next door. Also neighbors are (gay couple) Rick and James, and (lesbian couple) Tina and Louise. There's also Barry, an older friend and Tom's lawyer, who is single, spends more than he earns, and has a substance abuse problem. Last but not least, there is Grayson, Victor and Susan's son whom Hank and Tom knew since he was a baby, but who re-enters Tom's life after Hank's death as a 21 year old coming to terms with his being gay. The multitude of characters are fleshed out over the story, and each face a crisis of their own, making it clear that few of us are spared from having to evolve as our world changes around us. Personal note: I recently lost a good friend of almost 20 years to cancer (passed away less than 6 months after diagnosis), and the message in this simple novel definitely helped me better deal with my residual feelings about that, as it likely will for anyone else who needs encouragement. But this atypical story is engaging enough on its own to allow any reader to enjoy it, and I recommend it highly.