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Dear American Airlines by Jonathan Miles
Dear American Airlines is a letter penned in anger and frustration by Bennie Ford while he's stranded in a Chicago airport due to the airline's claim of bad weather, none of which is to be seen from the terminal. Bennie is upset at missing his daughter's wedding, and he vents his rage in a letter to the airline as he endlessly waits for his travel to resume. As Bennie tries to explain why it was so important to make it to his daughter's wedding, he also begins to tell the story of his life. He's been estranged from his daughter and hasn't seen her since she was an infant. Bennie is an alcoholic and a poet who hasn't published in a decade, and as he unravels his life and the mistakes he's made along the way, he realizes that his predicament is due to his actions alone - with a little help from the airline. Jonathan Miles' debut novel has received positive reviews with BookPage saying, "This gritty, hilarious, heartbreaking novel illustrates a life gone awry, the regret of years lived without notice and the hope of finally being able to make a change. Readers will root for Bennie to get on his plane and start making up for the lost years when he gets off. A perfect read for summer airport delays, Dear American Airlines just might get readers thinking differently about that idle time."