The Four Corners of the Sky by Michael Malone

The Four Corners of the SkyThe Four Corners of the Sky is a good “beach read” as long as you have extra sunscreen on hand–it’s over 500 pages. The main character, Annie Goode, is abandoned by her con-man father on her seventh birthday, at which time he also gives her an old airplane. She doesn’t really hear from him again until 19 years later, when he gets in touch to say that he is dying, and requests for her to fly the airplane to him. Thus begins a somewhat absurd chase which leads from North Carolina to St. Louis to Miami and all the way to Cuba. The characters in this book are richly developed and hilarious–from the wheelchair-bound Vietnam veteran who teaches Annie to fly the airplane to Annie’s arrogant husband to her father’s ridiculous partner-in-crime Raffy to Annie herself–and the story, while not quite believable, is entertaining.

Availability:  SMCM, COSMOS
Review Submitted by: Kelly Smolinksy
Rating: Highly Recommended
Challenge: a book with a number in the title

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