Into the Blue

A Father's Flight and a Daughter's Return

Susan Edsall

St. Martin's Griffin

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The Chicago Sun Times praises "Into the Blue is Susan Edsall's fascinating chronicle of the fight to get her father back into his beloved Big Sky...an engagingly readable testament to an everyday courage....Salted with hilarious memories of Edsall family life, peppered with touching reminiscences of flight with her father, [Edsall] mixes the positive with the painful until it's not only palatable but also poignant."

Three years ago, Susan Edsall's father, a rebuilder and pilot of antique airplanes, suffered a devastating stroke that left him unable to read, write, speak, tell time, understand the alphabet---or fly. The doctors told Susan the best her family could hope for was that he would learn to play checkers. Susan knew if her dad couldn't fly, he'd just as soon not breathe, so she chose another path. Battling the pessimistic conclusion of the experts---and her own looming fears---she and her sister, Sharon, aka the Blister Sisters, decided to take matters into their own hands. With no medical training but double doses of determination, they bushwhacked their own rehab program and got their father back behind the controls of his beloved open-cockpit biplane and into the air.

Susan Edsall's Into the Blue is a powerful family memoir about two feisty sisters from Montana who bring their father back to life---and discover themselves in the process. Inspiring, gritty, and often hilarious, it's also the story of anyone who has ever fought back from a dire prognosis to pursue a cherished dream.

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1PrologueIn March of 2000, spring arrived early in Montana. Melting snow and clear skies were the only signals pilots of small planes needed to know winter was sufficiently over. They were like crocuses in that way--wired to head for the sky at the tiniest indication of spring.I was in Bozeman to visit my parents. As always, Dad and I planned to go flying, this time in his BT-13, a huge silver plane shaped like a bullet, built in 1942, and used to train pilots in World War II. Dad in front; I in back. This plane was magnificent--imposing and muscular.

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"Into the Blue is an inspiring true story of love, courage and triumph. As Edsall brilliantly relates, life's toughest battles don't take place on a battlefield."
- Stephen Coonts, New York Times bestselling author of Liberty and Liars and Thieves

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Susan Edsall

Susan Edsall took her first airplane flight with her dad when she was four years old. A pilot herself, she lives with her husband in Vershire, Vermont, and still flies regularly with her father in Montana.

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Into the Blue
A Father's Flight and a Daughter's Return
Susan Edsall

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
June 2005
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312321420
ISBN10: 0312321422
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 288 pages, Includes black-and-white photographs throughout
$18.99

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St. Martin's Press
June 2005
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781466815940
ISBN10: 1466815949
288 pages, Includes black-and-white photographs throughout
$7.99
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