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Fly Me

(2017)
A novel by

 
 
A nation on the verge of a new era-and a girl caught between her past and the ever-expanding present.

Now a Los Angeles Times Bestseller!

The year is 1972, and the beaches of Los Angeles are the center of the world. Dropping into the embers of the drug and surf scene is Suzy Whitman, who has tossed her newly minted Vassar degree aside to follow her older sister into open skies and the borderless adventures of stewardessing for Grand Pacific Airlines.

In Sela del Mar, California-a hedonistic beach town in the shadow of LAX-Suzy skateboards, suntans, and flies daily and nightly across the country. Motivated by a temporary escape from her past and a new taste for danger and belonging, Suzy falls into a drug-trafficking scheme that clashes perilously with the skyjacking epidemic of the day.

Rendered in the brilliant color of the age and told with spectacular insight and clarity, Fly Me is a story of dark discovery set in the debauchery of 1970s Los Angeles.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"Daniel Riley's Fly Me conjures the feeling of a long-passed decade in living color, flesh and bone-redolent with risk and possibility. This riveting novel is a window into a world we've all forgotten we come from." - Madison Smartt Bell

"Standing right at the corner of Don Winslow and Exile on Main Street, Daniel Riley conjures something remarkable-an unerring fusion of contemporary white-knuckle thriller and rawly elegant period piece, set at the moment the Vietnam-era counterculture cracked open wide enough to fly a skyjacked plane through. Absolutely first-rate. I loved this book." - Malcolm Brooks

"Suzy Whitman, Fly Me's central figure, is one of the most compelling and beautifully realized characters I've read in many a moon. And she inhabits an era-the seventies-that has much to say to us in these parlous times of ours. This is a dazzling debut by an important new novelist." - Robert Olen Butler

"Fly Me is a vivid, virtuosic novel. Daniel Riley conjures a place and time as vibrant and compelling as the embattled young woman at the heart of this story." - Scott O'Connor

"Daniel Riley writes like he's skipping stones-with a beautifully light touch, perfect precision, and something that feels a lot like magic." - Gin Phillips

"Fly Me digs under the endless summer sand of Southern California to confirm what every young person suspects: the world is a conspiracy. I cheered as Riley's heroine, Suzy, broke free from the sinister forces controlling her destiny to chart her own crazy flight plan." - Jeffrey Rotter

"With thin, wild mercury rhythms and electrifying prose, Daniel Riley's debut announces the arrival of a masterful novelist, giving flashes of Don DeLillo, Joan Didion, Dana Spiotta, even a glint of Thomas Pynchon. Fly Me does for seventies L.A. what Garth Risk Hallberg did for New York City in the same period. This is one to gulp down, and then savor." - Daniel Torday


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June 2017 : USA Hardback
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Title: Fly Me
Author(s): Daniel Riley
ISBN: 0-316-36213-1 / 978-0-316-36213-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
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July 2018 : USA Paperback
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Author(s): Daniel Riley
ISBN: 0-316-36211-5 / 978-0-316-36211-5 (USA edition)
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Title: Fly Me
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