FLYING LESSONS

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Beth Martin wishes she could go off somewhere and become somebody else -- anyone except the "boring, dowdy wife of Dr. Howard Martin." Fifty-three and facing an empty nest, she feels that, at some point, she gave up all her dreams. Worse, her older daughter has followed her path and given herself to existing entirely for others. When Beth leaves home to find the future by revisiting her past, she doesn't know if she will return or what she will discover. It's easy to empathize with Beth, who doesn't blame anyone but herself. Flying Lessons (4.5), by Peggy Webb, is especially strong because she resists the easy temptation to make Howard or someone else the villain. With humor, Webb shows that everyone made the best decisions they could at the time but that there's always room for growth.
Reviewed by: 
Page Traynor