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Product Details

  • Paperback: 340 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 24, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1484130693
  • ISBN-13: 978-1484130698
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,821,787 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Author Tara Staley fell in love with the Wright brothers when visiting their memorial at Kill Devil Hills, NC in October 1999. After buying and reading two books about the Wrights, she became fascinated by their unique personalities and wanted to dig deeper. She spent nearly three years buried in biographies, photos, films and websites and came to the conclusion that the brothers likely had Asperger’s Syndrome. As the mother of a son with high-functioning autism, Tara spotted similar patterns of behavior in the Wrights. She interprets them as “Aspies” who turned their disorder into a gift that has forever changed the world.

Customer Reviews

This book was very interesting and kept my attention.
Jathanael
There is only very little, if any, evidence to support that Orville or Wilbur had Asperser's Syndrome.
J. Hopkins
Extremely well done fictional story set in the backdrop of actual history.
nancy

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Terez Rose on June 9, 2013
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I read and enjoyed Staley's NEED TO BREATHE, but there's something about the luminous CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE that lingered in my heart longer after finishing it. As the book description states, it's a story set in 1900, centering around the Wright Brothers' efforts to create and fly the world's first flying machine, and the stir their presence evokes in the lives of the locals -- the fierce, weathered, hardscrabble Kitty Hawkers. The story is narrated mostly by native Madeleine Tate, a young adult woman who sees in the Wright Brothers, particularly Orville, a glimpse of the Outside World, that place of greater refinement, more elevated dreams, less storms and struggle and isolation. Her attraction, both romantic and emotional, to Orville, sets her on a new course, one that questions and explores and ponders a life previously unknown to her, not even dreamed of. It is a romance, this story, but a realistic one, because Kitty Hawk in the 1900s is not an easy place to live, particularly for a single woman, and in setting her hopes on a Wright Brother, well, that's mighty high for a Kitty Hawker to aim. Likely too high. And the same might be said for the Wright Brothers' all-consuming desire to create a machine that can fly. Certainly that is the view of nearly every Kitty Hawker observing, certain of the endeavor's failure.

I'm a sucker for a romantic story, but who I fell in love with was not the couple so much as Madeleine. I loved the characters in Staley's NEED TO BREATHE, but out of both of her novels, the spirited, dare-to-dream Madeleine is the one I care for most, the one I can't stop thinking about, even after the story is over.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Tara VINE VOICE on July 15, 2013
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This is a book that's going to be a hard one to follow. I don't think I'll be able to immediately get lost in another time and place and story. This one is the type of tale that after you read the last page, you must savor it for a while.

This is the story of so many things...of how the impossible is actually possible with persistence, of repairing what's broken--even if it's yourself, of moving on and leaving the past in the past, of how those with Asperger's are so misjudged and misunderstood. And it's the story of Wilbur and Orville's time on Kitty Hawk.

The book mostly follows a young girl--Madeline. She steals the show. Yea, the first flight is a huge deal, but this girl just steals the show. She's unmarried--unusual for the time--and bitter about it, but she doesn't want some stinky coarse sailor. She wants a gentleman. She's forced to be independent and stand her ground. She's spunky, humorous, realistic with flaws and all (there's some depression and substance abuse), caring, and though she's not without fear, she faces them every time.

She falls for Orville--or perhaps, the idea of him, of a gentleman. (That's another theme...Are you in love with the person or in love with the idea of being in love?)

But as she says, Orville is married to his brother, and she can't compete with the desire to be the first to fly. He won't be distracted from his goal.

It's also at times, incredibly funny. The town and its people will having you rolling on the floor laughing. Madeline herself...her thoughts...are humorous.

I don't know the first thing about Aspergers's, but after reading this, I feel like I understand the affliction and why those afflicted behave the way they do. Ms.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Diane on July 3, 2013
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I was so engrossed with this fabulous novel that I became a part of it as I read it -I was there also - very difficult to put it down! Tara, outstanding job of time, research, compiling and writing this long awaited overdue outstanding novel! I rate it a 100 plus!!! I am extremely proud of you! :) xoxo

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After reading my posted comment, did I realize that it had been posted based on the paperback. I first purchased and read the kindle edition. The paperbacks purchased are in addition to my treasured keepsake -e-book to have and to hold. Thank you for posting my comments.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jathanael on July 15, 2013
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This book was very interesting and kept my attention. I loved it. Great summer read. As a new author, Mrs. Staley is at the top of my list.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 23, 2013
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The prevailing winds of Kitty Hawk where author Tara Staley set her new novel, Conditions Are Favorable, can blow a person, a ship or a flying machine right off course. The known course for books featuring the Wright brother's first flight experiments in Kitty Hawk begins with the iconic brothers as confirmed bachelors. The predominate presumption concerning their fondness for single-hood and dandified appearances positions them as latent homosexuals. Others who knew them well claimed they were simply odd and "woman-shy." Yet, no one has ever examined the brothers through the spectrum of autism. Until now. In Conditions Are Favorable, Staley presents a daring connect-the-dots story suggesting that not only were Orville and Wilbur Wright on the autistic spectrum, they were affected specifically with the yet-to-be named Asperger's Syndrome.

With luminous prose true to the era and gentle use of the remote region's dialect, Staley explores the religious, cultural and political edges of the period leading up to the Wright's successful experiments in human flight. It was the age invention, the turn-of-the-nineteenth century, when two engineering brothers changed their obsession from manufacturing bicycles to designing flying machines.

Staley begins with the fictional Madeline Tate, a smart and spunky unmarried woman on the verge of becoming a spinster. Growing up among the old salts and sea pups of this remote barrier island, Madeline is something of a pearl trapped in an unyielding oyster. She longs for romance, but not with one of the grizzly-faced, whisky-soaked fishermen who overrun the island. When the Wright brothers choose Kitty Hawk as the staging place for their experiments in flight, Madeline's life takes off.
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More About the Author

Tara Staley is the author of the novel CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE, a book launching in ebook and paperback formats on Amazon in April 2013. CONDITIONS is the story of a Kitty Hawk woman who falls for one of the love-shy Wright brothers. The novel has been blurbed by NYT bestselling author Caroline Leavitt, who said:

"What makes a life take flight? As the Wright Brothers perfect their flying machine in Kitty Hawk, a remarkable young woman struggles to escape her hardscrabble life even as she yearns for Orville himself. Gorgeously written, with the time, the place and the people evoked so dazzlingly, you can hear the wings of the Wright's flying machine, wafting in the air."

Tara fell in love with the Wright brothers when visiting their memorial at Kill Devil Hills, NC in October 1999. After buying and reading two books about the Wrights, she became fascinated by their unique personalities and wanted to dig deeper. She spent nearly three years buried in biographies, photos and websites and came to the conclusion that the brothers likely had Asperger's Syndrome. As the mother of a son with high-functioning autism, Tara saw similar patterns of behavior in the Wrights and interpreted them as "Aspies" while drafting CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE.

Tara's debut novel NEED TO BREATHE, published in 2012, was selected as a "LitPick of 2012″ on the popular Twitter forum @LitChat. It was also named a Top Pick by Underground Book Reviews and has been blurbed by author Priscille Sibley (THE PROMISE OF STARDUST) and award-winning short story writer Catherine DiCairano.

Tara's writing background includes undergraduate and graduate degrees in English and Creative Writing, an RWA award for a past novel, and involvement with the North Carolina Writers Network. She is also a founding member of the online writers' community Backspace. As a freelancer, her work has appeared in such publications as UNCG Magazine, BizLife Magazine and the Winston-Salem Journal. She grew up, lives, and will most likely die in Kernersville, North Carolina where she and her husband have two sons, a telescope, several model airplanes and a love for the sky. She also has a cat, a penchant for powdered doughnuts, her very own Leatherman multi-tool, and a professionally framed pencil sketch of the Wright brothers.