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Airstreaming [Kindle Edition]

Tom Schabarum
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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Book Description

AIRSTREAMING is set in Kansas City, the epicenter of be-bop jazz, train travel and commerce in the Midwest during the 1930’s and 1950’s. The story begins in the early 1970’s, and uses the declining 18th and Vine Jazz District, Union Station and West Bottoms stockyards, as its backdrop.

AIRSTREAMING refers to the icon of American travel, the Airstream trailer, which conjures up dreams of escape for many people. The trailer becomes a catalyst for three women whose extraordinary circumstances bind them together. Clare, a newly single working mother overcomes her anger for being left alone after her husband’s death. Linda, her daughter, lets go of a father she deeply loved through their shared joy in jazz music, and Martha, a housewife, desperately wants a child to survive the pain of an earlier child she had to give up.

Jack, a strong and complicated man, whose love for his wife Martha, links the three women. He holds on to hope after his wife miscarries by buying an Airstream trailer. His belief that it will change everything blinds him to the reality of his situation. Only Linda ultimately sees the truth, and must confront the other three as each of their worlds change.

Ultimately, everyone must choose what to leave behind. Compromise and reconciliation at the novel’s conclusion finds Linda buoyed by hope, and a life yet to be lived on the open road.


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"With no wasted space yet plenty of emotion, the simplicity of Schabarum's writing is a marvel. Compact sentences brim with an appreciation for character and the lonely expanse of suburban life. The constantly shifting characters become inextricably linked in different ways, until they ultimately separate, finding freedom in loss and letting go.

A somber exploration of the confines of suburban life and the secrets that can sustain or suffocate." - Kirkus Reviews

From the Author

Tom Schabarum holds an MFA from the Bennington College Writing Seminars and has published poetry, short stories and essays in various journals. He was recipient of the 2010 Creekwalker Poetry Prize. His chapbook, "Swimming With Michelangelo" is available at tomschabarum.com
 
His first novel, The Palisades, was published in 2010 and was a 2010 Lambda Literary Finalist. The Narrows, Miles Deep: a novella and stories was a 2011 LLF Best Book selected by Felice Picano. Airstreaming, his second novel, was published in 2013
 
He lives in Seattle, Washington.

Product Details

  • File Size: 490 KB
  • Print Length: 340 pages
  • Publisher: Cascadia Publishing (February 1, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0074V5XBY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #326,119 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Character development! April 17, 2012
By Tsf
Format:Kindle Edition
Love this read! This author does such a great job of character development the reader may forget they are fictional characters. This is something that really draws me into a good story. I live in the Kansas City area and also appreciate the details of the area. You can really get a feel for Midwestern living at the time. This story delves into traumatic life events and how people respond. The details of their feelings and their response to these feelings are troubling. I found myself becoming emotionally involved in the story as well. I look forward to the sequel!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Story with Great, Realistic Characters March 1, 2012
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I bought this book after reading the author's previous book "The Palisides" (also a great read). The story was character-driven and the characters were real, facing real problems. What I loved most about the book was that they were all going through something difficult -- stuff that was very relatable and identifiable. How their paths and stories intertwined is what makes this book so special. Read it... you won't regret it. And check out The Palisades as well.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another awesome book from Tom Schabarum May 6, 2012
By Letha
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This is an amazing read. Right from the first page, you will be drawn into the lives and minds of the characters the inhabit this thoughtful, well-developed novel. Just as he did in his previous novel, The Palisades, Mr. Schabarum creates characters that are so real-to-life it's as if you might know them. Or might be them. The people in this book all carry a scar of a life not ideal. It's these scars, these flaws, that make them so very relatable. You will want to know what happens to these people. You will find it hard to put this book down. When it's over, you will feel a sense of loss that you no longer have a view into their lives. I don't often recommend books. But this one is a gem.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Airstreaming by Tom Scharbarum April 25, 2012
By Roberta
Format:Kindle Edition
This book was amazing, the author had my undivided attention right from the first paragraph. The characters were all very real, the story and situations are very true to life. I found it difficult to put this book down - I am looking forward for many more books to read from this author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great story March 4, 2012
By pbarb
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This was the first novel that I read by this author. I enjoyed it very much and could not turn off my Kindle. It dealt with real life issues and kept my interest peaked the entire time. There was so much detail in the descriptions of the towns and people that it made me feel like I was there. I really loved where he mentioned that it was a Garrard turntable because I worked for this company on Long Island 25 years ago. Read the book. You will love it.
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More About the Author

Tom Schabarum holds an MFA from the Bennington College Writing Seminars and has published poetry and essays in various journals. He was recipient of the 2010 Creekwalker Poetry Prize. His chapbook, "Swimming With Michelangelo" is available at www.tomschabarum.com

His first novel, The Palisades, was published in 2010 and was a 2010 Lambda Literary Finalist. The Narrows, Miles Deep: a novella and stories was a 2011 LLF Best Book selected by Felice Picano. Airstreaming, his second novel, was published in 2013

He lives in Seattle, Washington.

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