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Learning to Fly Paperback – February 1, 2008
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Roxanne Sayler Henke lives in rural North Dakota with her husband, Lorren, and their German Short Hair dog, DeeDee. They have two, adult daughters, and two adorable grandchildren. As a family they enjoy spending time at their lake cabin in northern MN. Roxanne has a degree in Behavioral and Social Science, and for many years was a newspaper humor columnist. She has also written and recorded radio commercials, performed in a comedy duo, was a popular speaker, and is currently a magazine columnist for ND Living magazine. She is the author of eight novels. You can contact her at: email@example.com --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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I can see some of the other reviewer's points about the relation to mothers and daughters but as far as it being a good story or something to keep your interest-it falls flat.
By the end of the bok I could have cared less what happened to any of them. I won't be reading any more from this author.
Learning to Fly is about parenting and the heart of a mother. But it's even more than that. It's about marriage and friendship and peer pressure. It's about the consequences of not speaking up and of letting your child get what they want all the time. It's about the dysfunction of reliving your childhood through your child and the damage it can do. It's about so many things. And the most exciting part of this book is it's every mother. There is a bit of Susan and Jo Jo in all moms, so everyone can relate.
I love reading about dysfunction when the authors have deep insight into the situation and wisdom that shows up in their characterization. Roxanne Henke nails so many things in the process of telling you this story that will grip your heart in many, many ways. In fact, this is the perfect gift for a parent with little ones. Readers can't help but see just how much it hurts your child to give in to them. It's not a pretty sight and only gets worse as they get older. The takeaway value of this book is that it's worth it to be consistent and to listen to your child and not make excuses for their bad behavior. Plus, the characters are so well done it's hard not to love them and understand them by book's end. I highly recommend this book!