“A perfect figure eight of a book…Luminous Airplanes is brilliant, poignant, startling, hilarious….I loved it.”---Karen Russell, author of Swamplandia!
“Captivating…A wry, provocative, and often hilarious coming-of-age tale.”---The Boston Globe
“A strange and salutary shock…Luminous Airplanes isn’t about disconnection and meaninglessness. It is about connection and significance…the ramifying, mysterious ways we human beings affect each other, from parent to child, invention to invention, generation to generation.”---The New York Times Book Review
“La Farge tells his tale of homecoming compassionately but without sentimentality….Rather than submitting to the darkness of the sleeping bag that is modern fiction, La Farge encourages his readers to search the sky for the signs that herald the return of loved ones we’ve lost.”---Time Out (New York)
“Beautiful…Calls to mind Haruki Murakami…A high-concept novel worth reading.”---The Economist
LUMINOUS AIRPLANES by Paul LaFargeKirkus Book Reviews
Read the Kirkus Review of LUMINOUS AIRPLANES . An open-ended, postmodern fable that somehow delivers the satisfaction of the novelistic conventions it subverts.
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Luminous Airplanes - By Paul La Farge - Book Review - NYTimes.com
In this novel, a programmer unmoored by the death of his grandfather returns to the town where he spent childhood summers.
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New Fiction: "Luminous Airplanes": A high-concept novel worth reading | The Economist
Luminous Airplanes. By Paul La Farge. Farrar, Straus and Giroux; 256 pages; to be published in Britain on November 14th Book publishing has its seasons. The easy...
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Review: Luminous Airplanes by Paul La Farge | Books | reviews, guides, things to do, film - Time Out New York
It's a simple story, but this novel's disgressions resonate rewardingly.
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Paul La Farge’s new novel, ‘Luminous Airplanes,’ serves up a postmodern coming-of-age tale - Books - The Boston Globe
A fractured journey into the past sets in motion Paul La Farge’s “Luminous Airplanes,’’ a wry and provocative coming-of-age tale. It is September 2000, and the narrator has been living aimlessly in a “city of ghosts’’ following the technology industry downswing. He still hasn’t finished his college dissertation on the Millerites, a 1800s sect that predicted the end of the world, and likens the group’s ascension robes to “luminous airplanes.’’ Existential musing is the order of the day
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