Think "Up in the Air meets Planes, Trains and Automobiles"...
Based on his own extensive business trips, Paul Michael Peters brings us this funny, bittersweet story of a traveling software salesman. Filled with wry observations and entertaining vignettes, life moves fast in this quick read about a "trade show guy" and a love he thinks he can never have.
|Publisher:||Paul Michael Peters|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.30(d)|
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Do you want to know how to run a great marketing campaign? Peter in Flight may well teach you. But the teacher’s love life takes over from life lessons as the tale progresses, and intriguing snippets of advice give way to intriguingly romantic and humorous fiction. With perfect timing, author Paul Michael Peters turns a pleasing informational tale into an absorbing adventure in love and hope. Peter’s almost perfect world crashes into all the things he’s hiding from. The quest for clients becomes a quest to find a worthwhile life. And the girl of his dreams drifts ever further away, because reading the body language of trade show attendees is so much easier than reading your own. Peter in Flight is a short novel, or long novella, that truly takes flight in unexpected ways. There are plenty of coincidences, of course, but isn’t that where marketing skills always find their safest home? Meanwhile there are real people, real airports, and even real emotion. Just make sure you have time for the whole book on your flight, because you’ll not want to put it down once the world changes. Disclosure: I was intrigued when I read about this on a blog, and was delighted to win a copy.
“Peter in Flight” is a charming novella. On the surface the semi-autobiographical story of a modern day traveling salesman wouldn’t seem at that interesting. Peter is written as an exceptionally likable character in the style of the classic English comedy characters. He’s a go with the flow and always on kind of guy. Bertie Wooster (P.G. Wodehouse) isn’t action packed by he’s a nice guy that you want to do well and Peter shares that quality. Early on in the novella, he helps a fellow passenger who is of limited mobility secure his pants after he uses the washroom. He sees the plane as a village where everyone has a responsibility to help. How can you not like a guy like that? Add to the equation a mostly imagined romance with his boss. He admits in the interview that he heard little of what she said as he fanaticised. For a man with no ties, she’s safe. His boss has a husband and children and a life he really romanticizes their relationship in a way that was not delusional but made the reader just like him more. The story itself is really about the main character’s life on the road and very well written. The story is, as stated above, semi-autobiographical. The novella mentions 9/11 and the impact of the tragedy on industries involving copious air travel. Had “Peter in Flight” been longer, it would not have maintained the light and fun feel. There is a good deal of repetition in the story but then there’s a god deal of repetition in the job. At 134 pages, “Peter in Flight” is a fast read and would have been a perfect vacation read in the car or train. I highly recommend “Peter in Flight” for fans of novels of the human experience.