Lorraine, January 03, 2013
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Chang-Rae Lee has become one of my favorite authors. His characters are so well developed and real. "Aloft" departs from Lee's earlier books in that the protagonist, Jerry Battle, is an Italian-American in very-much-contemporary East Coast USA. The picture of Jerry's family unfolds amidst impressive descriptions of many aspects of contemporary American culture, including the choices (or lack thereof) of our aging population; the sometime-fragility of the uber-rich lifestyle; issues of pregancy and health and mental health. There's also lots of humor woven amongst these threads of serious issues. This is one of those rare books that I know I will read again.