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Publisher Comments:

For the first time since Handling Sin, a riveting novel of love, secrets, and the mysterious bonds of family, from master author Michael Malone.

On her seventh birthday, Annie's con-artist father left her behind at his boyhood home, then he raced out of her life. Years later, Annie, now a top Navy jet pilot, returns home on her 26th birthday. But everything changes when Jack calls to say he is dying, and needs her to fly to St. Louis to bring him the airplane he gave her the day he left. And if she does, he will give her the one thing she always wanted, that he always lied to her about — the name of her mother.

The Four Corners of the Sky is a novel of love, sacrifice, and the inexplicable bonds that hold families together. Michael Malone brings these rich characters to life as only he can, evoking the unspoken motivations that drive people to define who they are and break out of those bonds when the call of love comes.

Review:

"A daredevil pilot heads out on a wild goose chase and learns to slow down and enjoy life in Malone's (The Last Noel) exuberant but ultimately unwieldy 10th novel. After years of accompanying her con artist father on his exploits, seven-year-old Annie is left on the family's North Carolina farm with her aunt Sam. Annie relishes the stability, but still craves excitement as she grows up, learning to fly the single-engine plane her father left her and becoming a navy fighter pilot. When her father calls years later, he claims that he's dying and needs her help with one last escapade. She agrees — in exchange for the name of the mother she's never known. Annie travels to St. Louis, Mo.; Miami; and Cuba in the service of her elusive father, meeting quirky eccentrics along the way, including her one true love. Bizarre coincidences, caricatured criminals and characters who spurt groan-worthy puns, classic movie lines and Shakespeare quotes in place of meaningful dialogue keep the novel teetering toward the absurd. The novel's ambitious blend of humor, mystery, adventure and sentimentality can be as exhausting as Annie's fast-paced flights." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

This is a fabulously entertaining novel. It's probably a trifle too long, the plot contains a number of improbabilities and it's easy enough to guess at least a couple of the revelations toward the book's end. But you know what? None of this matters. Michael Malone's prose — as smooth as a con man's patter — hooks you on the first page, and you're not going anywhere after that, except to your favorite... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

Review:

"Devoted Michael Malone fans have been waiting more than 20 years for another Handling Sin, perhaps the greatest road novel since Tom Jones. The wait is over." Booklist (Starred Review)

Review:

"A long but satisfying tale of crime and death foretold that blends hints of The Great Santini, Top Gun and Fried Green Tomatoes with copious draughts of Shakespeare....[A] sun-washed yarn of the New South, affectionately told." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"Malone's latest brims with humor and pathos — it's an engaging, multifaceted saga touting the power of love and family to overcome all, even a lifetime of apparent neglect." BookPage

Review:

"Malone employs his trademark cast of characters and wry humor, including using titles of old movies for his 55 chapters." Library Journal

Synopsis:

There's humor and action aplenty, but Four Corners is also a warm-hearted look at how we love and forgive. Five hundred and forty-four pages never seemed so short.

People Magazine 4-Star Review

In small towns between the North Carolina Piedmont and the coast the best scenery is often in the sky. On flat sweeps of red clay and scrub pine the days move monotonously, safely, but above, in the blink of an eye, dangerous clouds can boil out of all four corners of the skyThe flat slow land starts to shiver and anything can happen. In such a storm, on Annie Peregrine's seventh birthday, her father gave her the airplane and minutes later drove out of her life.

Twenty years is a long time to be without a father, and, for Navy pilot Annie Peregrine-Goode, the sky has become a home the earth has never been. So when her father calls out of the blue to ask for a dying wishone both absurd and mysteriousno is the easiest of answers. Until she hears that the reward is the one thing she always wanted

Thus begins an enchanting novel that bursts with energy from the first pages, and sweeps you off on a journey of unforgettable characters, hilarious encounters, and haunting secrets.

The Four Corners of the Sky is master storyteller Michael Malone's new novel of love, secrets, and the mysterious bonds of families. Malone brings characters to life as only he can, exploring the questions that defy easy answers: Is love a choice or a calling?

Why do the ties of family bind so tightly?

And is forgiveness a gift to othersor a gift we give ourselves? PRAISE FOR THE FOUR CORNERS OF THE SKY:

Devoted Michael Malone fans have been waiting more than 20 years for another Handling Sin, perhaps the greatest road novel since Tom Jones. The wait is over The cast of characters is as large as it is rich. Malone is an absolute master of Dickensian character buildingDon't miss it.

Bill Ott, editor-in-chief, Booklist

Fried Green Tomatoes with copious draughts of Shakespeare Malone (Theater Studies and English/Duke Univ.; The Last Noel, 2002, etc.) knows that the small-town South is a subject all unto itself, and no matter how eccentric the characters, they're wholly believable in that context Secrets and intrigues among the honeysuckle: a sun-washed yarn of the New South, affectionately told.

Kirkus starrred review

A father-daughter story that will have young adult readers (and you) laughing and crying and rooting for Annie, now 26 years old and still stinging from her father's abandonment of the family when she was just seven. Malone's titles have broad adult appeal, and Four Corners has the potential for being a gateway novel for maturing fiction readers.

School Library Journal

This book is so complex and so beautifully done, it sort of outclasses Dickens (and I may have just committed literary heresy here). The Four Corners of the Sky is the best thing I have read in years and you can imagine how much I read. Truly, I couldn't put it down. I loved it.

Kathy Ashton, The King's English Bookshop

PRAISE FOR MICHAEL MALONE:

Malone... delights the reader with his witty eye for the kind of detail that proclaims with humor and confidence, 'This is true '

Los Angeles Times Book Review

Malone shows a knack for colorful characters, snappy dialogue and tragicomic human foibles.

Salt Lake Tribune

Brilliant and entertaining... Wonderfully shrewd... Mr. Malone's characters have dimension and scope.

New York Times Book Review

Michael Malone has a true narrative gift, the true eye for the character in action, and a fluent prose wrought carefully and well.

Robert Penn Warren (on Dingley Falls)

Terribly funny, emotionally engaging and almost impossible to set asidea heartwarming tour de force.

Newsweek (on Handling Sin)

Satisfying, deeply pleasurablebrilliant and entertaining. One remembers Mr. Malone's idiosyncratic creations the way one remembers those of another brilliant social caricaturist, Charles Dickens.

New York Times Book Review (on Foolscap)

Malone] combines humor, compassion and literate writing with a storytelling ability that is rare in contemporary fiction.

The Houston Chronicle (on Uncivil Seasons)

A superbly stylish author whose books deserve the widest audience.

The New Yorker (on The Delectable Mountains)

Like Charles Dickensthe comparison isn't farfetchedthe author isn't afraid of stretching the truth to encompass it.

San Francisco Chronicle (on Time's Witness)

Malone creates a gallery of Southern portraits with compassion, humor and more than a little blood. Highly recommended.

Chicago Tribune (on First Lady)

Malone writes with such quiet authority and clear understanding of the world his characters inhabit that the story strikes deep emotional chords....

Washington Post Book World (on The Last Noel)

Synopsis:

For the first time since Handling Sin, a riveting novel of love, secrets, and the mysterious bonds of family, from master author Michael Malone.

On her seventh birthday, Annie's conartist father left her behind at his boyhood home, then he raced out of her life. Years later, Annie, now a top Navy jet pilot, returns home on her 26th birthday. But everything changes when Jack calls to say he is dying, and needs her to fly to St. Louis to bring him the airplane he gave her the day he left. And if she does, he will give her the one thing she always wanted, that he always lied to her about the name of her mother.

The Four Corners of the Sky is a novel of love, sacrifice, and the inexplicable bonds that hold families together. Michael Malone brings these rich characters to life as only he can, evoking the unspoken motivations that drive people to define who they are and break out of those bonds when the call of love comes.

PRAISE FOR MICHAEL MALONE:

Malone... delights the reader with his witty eye for the kind of detail that proclaims with humor and confidence, 'This is true '

Los Angeles Times Book Review

Malone shows a knack for colorful characters, snappy dialogue and tragicomic human foibles.

Salt Lake Tribune

Brilliant and entertaining... Wonderfully shrewd... Mr. Malone's characters have dimension and scope.

New York Times Book Review

Mr. Malone peoples his fiction with large, quirky casts, and his readers come to know not only what these characters eat, drink, chew, whistle, sing, listen to, read, hang on their walls, and dream, but - most importantly - what they believe.

New York Times Book Review

About the Author

Michael Malone is the author of ten novels, one collection of short stories, and two works of nonfiction. Educated at Carolina and at Harvard, he has taught at Yale, the University of Pennsylvania, and Swarthmore. Among his prizes are the Edgar, the O. Henry, the Writers Guild Award, and the Emmy. He lives in North Carolina with his wife.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781570717444
Publisher:
Sourcebooks Landmark
Subject:
General
Author:
Malone, Michael
Subject:
Mothers and daughters
Subject:
Fathers and daughters
Copyright:
Publication Date:
May 2009
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
544
Dimensions:
8.57x6.99x1.77 in. 1.69 lbs.

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Product details 544 pages Sourcebooks Landmark - English 9781570717444 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "A daredevil pilot heads out on a wild goose chase and learns to slow down and enjoy life in Malone's (The Last Noel) exuberant but ultimately unwieldy 10th novel. After years of accompanying her con artist father on his exploits, seven-year-old Annie is left on the family's North Carolina farm with her aunt Sam. Annie relishes the stability, but still craves excitement as she grows up, learning to fly the single-engine plane her father left her and becoming a navy fighter pilot. When her father calls years later, he claims that he's dying and needs her help with one last escapade. She agrees — in exchange for the name of the mother she's never known. Annie travels to St. Louis, Mo.; Miami; and Cuba in the service of her elusive father, meeting quirky eccentrics along the way, including her one true love. Bizarre coincidences, caricatured criminals and characters who spurt groan-worthy puns, classic movie lines and Shakespeare quotes in place of meaningful dialogue keep the novel teetering toward the absurd. The novel's ambitious blend of humor, mystery, adventure and sentimentality can be as exhausting as Annie's fast-paced flights." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Devoted Michael Malone fans have been waiting more than 20 years for another Handling Sin, perhaps the greatest road novel since Tom Jones. The wait is over."
"Review" by , "A long but satisfying tale of crime and death foretold that blends hints of The Great Santini, Top Gun and Fried Green Tomatoes with copious draughts of Shakespeare....[A] sun-washed yarn of the New South, affectionately told."
"Review" by , "Malone's latest brims with humor and pathos — it's an engaging, multifaceted saga touting the power of love and family to overcome all, even a lifetime of apparent neglect."
"Review" by , "Malone employs his trademark cast of characters and wry humor, including using titles of old movies for his 55 chapters."
"Synopsis" by , There's humor and action aplenty, but Four Corners is also a warm-hearted look at how we love and forgive. Five hundred and forty-four pages never seemed so short.

People Magazine 4-Star Review

In small towns between the North Carolina Piedmont and the coast the best scenery is often in the sky. On flat sweeps of red clay and scrub pine the days move monotonously, safely, but above, in the blink of an eye, dangerous clouds can boil out of all four corners of the skyThe flat slow land starts to shiver and anything can happen. In such a storm, on Annie Peregrine's seventh birthday, her father gave her the airplane and minutes later drove out of her life.

Twenty years is a long time to be without a father, and, for Navy pilot Annie Peregrine-Goode, the sky has become a home the earth has never been. So when her father calls out of the blue to ask for a dying wishone both absurd and mysteriousno is the easiest of answers. Until she hears that the reward is the one thing she always wanted

Thus begins an enchanting novel that bursts with energy from the first pages, and sweeps you off on a journey of unforgettable characters, hilarious encounters, and haunting secrets.

The Four Corners of the Sky is master storyteller Michael Malone's new novel of love, secrets, and the mysterious bonds of families. Malone brings characters to life as only he can, exploring the questions that defy easy answers: Is love a choice or a calling?

Why do the ties of family bind so tightly?

And is forgiveness a gift to othersor a gift we give ourselves? PRAISE FOR THE FOUR CORNERS OF THE SKY:

Devoted Michael Malone fans have been waiting more than 20 years for another Handling Sin, perhaps the greatest road novel since Tom Jones. The wait is over The cast of characters is as large as it is rich. Malone is an absolute master of Dickensian character buildingDon't miss it.

Bill Ott, editor-in-chief, Booklist

Fried Green Tomatoes with copious draughts of Shakespeare Malone (Theater Studies and English/Duke Univ.; The Last Noel, 2002, etc.) knows that the small-town South is a subject all unto itself, and no matter how eccentric the characters, they're wholly believable in that context Secrets and intrigues among the honeysuckle: a sun-washed yarn of the New South, affectionately told.

Kirkus starrred review

A father-daughter story that will have young adult readers (and you) laughing and crying and rooting for Annie, now 26 years old and still stinging from her father's abandonment of the family when she was just seven. Malone's titles have broad adult appeal, and Four Corners has the potential for being a gateway novel for maturing fiction readers.

School Library Journal

This book is so complex and so beautifully done, it sort of outclasses Dickens (and I may have just committed literary heresy here). The Four Corners of the Sky is the best thing I have read in years and you can imagine how much I read. Truly, I couldn't put it down. I loved it.

Kathy Ashton, The King's English Bookshop

PRAISE FOR MICHAEL MALONE:

Malone... delights the reader with his witty eye for the kind of detail that proclaims with humor and confidence, 'This is true '

Los Angeles Times Book Review

Malone shows a knack for colorful characters, snappy dialogue and tragicomic human foibles.

Salt Lake Tribune

Brilliant and entertaining... Wonderfully shrewd... Mr. Malone's characters have dimension and scope.

New York Times Book Review

Michael Malone has a true narrative gift, the true eye for the character in action, and a fluent prose wrought carefully and well.

Robert Penn Warren (on Dingley Falls)

Terribly funny, emotionally engaging and almost impossible to set asidea heartwarming tour de force.

Newsweek (on Handling Sin)

Satisfying, deeply pleasurablebrilliant and entertaining. One remembers Mr. Malone's idiosyncratic creations the way one remembers those of another brilliant social caricaturist, Charles Dickens.

New York Times Book Review (on Foolscap)

Malone] combines humor, compassion and literate writing with a storytelling ability that is rare in contemporary fiction.

The Houston Chronicle (on Uncivil Seasons)

A superbly stylish author whose books deserve the widest audience.

The New Yorker (on The Delectable Mountains)

Like Charles Dickensthe comparison isn't farfetchedthe author isn't afraid of stretching the truth to encompass it.

San Francisco Chronicle (on Time's Witness)

Malone creates a gallery of Southern portraits with compassion, humor and more than a little blood. Highly recommended.

Chicago Tribune (on First Lady)

Malone writes with such quiet authority and clear understanding of the world his characters inhabit that the story strikes deep emotional chords....

Washington Post Book World (on The Last Noel)

"Synopsis" by , For the first time since Handling Sin, a riveting novel of love, secrets, and the mysterious bonds of family, from master author Michael Malone.

On her seventh birthday, Annie's conartist father left her behind at his boyhood home, then he raced out of her life. Years later, Annie, now a top Navy jet pilot, returns home on her 26th birthday. But everything changes when Jack calls to say he is dying, and needs her to fly to St. Louis to bring him the airplane he gave her the day he left. And if she does, he will give her the one thing she always wanted, that he always lied to her about the name of her mother.

The Four Corners of the Sky is a novel of love, sacrifice, and the inexplicable bonds that hold families together. Michael Malone brings these rich characters to life as only he can, evoking the unspoken motivations that drive people to define who they are and break out of those bonds when the call of love comes.

PRAISE FOR MICHAEL MALONE:

Malone... delights the reader with his witty eye for the kind of detail that proclaims with humor and confidence, 'This is true '

Los Angeles Times Book Review

Malone shows a knack for colorful characters, snappy dialogue and tragicomic human foibles.

Salt Lake Tribune

Brilliant and entertaining... Wonderfully shrewd... Mr. Malone's characters have dimension and scope.

New York Times Book Review

Mr. Malone peoples his fiction with large, quirky casts, and his readers come to know not only what these characters eat, drink, chew, whistle, sing, listen to, read, hang on their walls, and dream, but - most importantly - what they believe.

New York Times Book Review

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