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Fearless [Kindle Edition]

Rafael Yglesias
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Book Description

 

The critically acclaimed novel from a master of contemporary American fiction—now available as an ebook

Yglesias’s New York Times–bestselling novel of trauma, loss, and the bonds formed between victims of catastrophe
 
Max Klein suffers from many anxieties—including a terrible fear of flying—but after surviving a plane crash his worries vanish and he suddenly believes himself invincible. Back home, a psychiatrist puts him in touch with Carla, a victim of the same crash who lost her infant son and suffers from a morbid, debilitating depression. Now Max and Carla begin a relationship that is sometimes intimate, sometimes painful, and perhaps the only path to recovery for both.
 
Fearless is a brilliant portrait of trauma and its aftermath—the shock of loss and the sometimes unexpected ways that people learn to cope with disaster.
 
This ebook features a new illustrated biography of Rafael Yglesias, including rare photos and never-before-seen documents from the author’s personal collection.

 


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Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

A powerful examination of denial and guilt, Yglesias's ( Hot Properties) terrific new novel opens with a gut-wrenching scene incarnating the worst nightmares of anyone who is afraid of flying. Forty-two minutes after takeoff, a DC-10 en route from New York to Los Angeles loses its rear engine. Max Klein, an architect traveling with his business partner, imagines the worst. Carla Fransisca, her two-year-old son in her lap, refuses to believe that she and her child are in danger. When the plane crashes, both are ironically confounded: Max walks away unhurt, and Carla blames herself for her son's death. The ordeal crushes Carla, elevates Max to a higher level of perception and strips them both of everything except brutal, fearless honesty. Yglesias chronicles their actions after the flight with the same candor, often portraying Max and Carla as abrupt and abrasive without making them any less real or less likable to the reader. A screenwriter as well as a novelist, he makes good use of cinematic techniques. Each image in his simple, precise prose is vivid and memorable; the pre-crash scene on the plane and a later re-enactment of the accident, in particular, linger in the mind. Film rights to Spring Creek Productions; audio rights to Simon & Schuster; BOMC alternate.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

Acclaimed author Yglesias ( The Murderer Next Door , LJ 8/90) examines how almost dying can affect one's life. His protagonists are Max and Carla, who experience psychological problems after surviving a DC-10 crash. An architect traveling on business, Max accompanies his partner, who is killed in the crash. Having outwitted death, Max decides that he has nothing further to fear. Carla, traveling with her baby, feels unworthy to live once she loses him. Consumed by guilt, Max and Carla reexamine their lives, their relationships, and their religious beliefs, and eventually realize that they alone can make each other whole. Yglesias, a talented writer, immediately involves readers in the fate of his characters, telling their story extremely well. Highly recommended.
- Ellen R. Cohen, Rockville, Md.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Product Details

  • File Size: 913 KB
  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Open Road (November 16, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004ASOYEQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,172,549 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Inspired by an experience I remember June 14, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I'd seen the movie "Fearless" before, but I wanted to read the book that inspired the movie and add it to my collection. The plane crash depicted here was inspired by the true story of the crash of United Airlines flight 232 in Sioux City, Iowa in 1989, which is what drew me to this story. It isn't about that crash specifically, but it has elements in it that were obviously drawn from that real-life event.
This is a story of PTSD and its effect on the survivors of an horrific plane crash, and also of the survivor guilt that most people who survive a disaster when others did not usually have. I've been there, surviving with others did not, so I find this movie fascinating.
If you like stories of this nature, you'll enjoy this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Lessons of Near Misses March 28, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Max Klein has serious problems when it comes to flying. Like pretty much everything else in his life, Max sees flying as just another disaster waiting to happen. But, remarkably, when he finds himself in a passenger jet that is almost certainly going to crash, Max is one of the calmest people on the whole plane. He is the guy who takes the time to comfort a young boy who is traveling alone, assuring the boy that everyone will be alright despite sincerely believing they would all soon be dead. Then, improbable as it is, the pilot makes a miracle landing without killing everyone and Max becomes a folk hero. Suddenly, the man who was terrified to fly feels invincible.

Carla Fransisca, on the other hand, boarded the plane with her young son figuring that this was going to be just another plane ride. Now, because she was unable to save her son, Carla is crushed by the realization that she failed in the most important job of her life. She blames herself for the toddler's death and seems perfectly willing to live the rest of her life in seclusion. `

Fearless begins with an airplane crash, one so vividly described by Rafael Yglesias that readers with even a tinge of the fear of flying will find themselves cringing at what the passengers are enduring. The book looks at how people react to almost dying, how it changes the way they see the world and how they plan to spend the rest of their lives. Living on "bonus time" is, it seems, a blessing for some, but a burden for those overcome by survivor's guilt.

When, in the aftermath of the crash, Max finally meets Carla, he feels compelled to help her through the grief of losing her only child. As their spouses watch helplessly from the sidelines, Max and Carla must decide who they will be for the rest of their lives.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A winner of a story December 19, 2010
By debabms
Format:Kindle Edition
Don't let the title fool you. We are all driven in some way or another by fear. And perhaps dream of being in a state of fearlessness. That is one of the areas that Yglesias explores in this compelling and beautifully written novel. Is fear something that can be mastered and overcome? And what if we actually need it to contain other impulses? Through the story in "Fearless" the reader gets to discover and rediscover the dark and lightness in trauma, attachment, and love as the characters struggle with being accountable to people who need them, in the midst of needing to follow their overwhelming desires that prove to be imperative to their own survival.
I don't know how Yglesias has done it actually. But he has. He has written a story that helps us better understand ourselves, the best and the worst of ourselves, through our imagining and being deeply connected to the well crafted characters in this novel. One will want to spend all of their time sharing Max and Carla's world. Yglesias has given us a gift that we all want; which is to get to fall in love with, route for, fret for, and yes; fear for, the decisions these characters make, based on the forces that control them and their struggles to gain some of that control back, and to ultimately find a balance. A captivating read
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More About the Author

Rafael Yglesias is an American novelist and screenwriter, the son of writers Jose and Helen Yglesias. He dropped out of high school upon publication of his first novel, Hide Fox, And All After in 1972 at age 17. He is the author of nine novels, including A Happy Marriage, winner of the 2009 Los Angeles Times Fiction Prize, Dr. Neruda's Cure For Evil and Fearless, which he adapted for the screen. He also wrote the screenplays for Death And The Maiden, Les Miserables, From Hell, and Dark Water. He has two sons: Matthew Yglesias, a Fellow at the Center For American Progress, public intellectual and author of Heads In The Sand; Nicholas Yglesias is a fantasy novelist who has recently completed Succession, the first of a three volume trilogy. Rafael lives in the city of his birth, New York.

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