Title Profile & Character Information

Aloft

Annotation
"Aloft offers a reexamination of the American dream from the inside out, through the voice of Jerry Battle, a suburban middle-aged man who has lived his entire life on Long Island, New York." "Battle's favorite diversion is to fly his small plane solo; slipping away for quick flights over the Island or to the coastal towns of New England, Jerry has been disappearing for years. Then a family crisis occurs, and Jerry finds he must face his disengagement in his relationships: with his deceased wife, the circumstances of whose death he has never fully accepted; with his former girlfriend, whom he still longs for; with his daughter, who refuses to address the disease that threatens her life; with his son, who is in danger of losing the family business; and with his father, whom he has placed in a nursing home."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Awards
2004  New York Times Notable Books of the Year
2005  Asian Pacific American Award for Literature

Characters
NameBattle, Jerry
GenderMale
OccupationBusiness owner
TraitsItalian American
Widower
Father

NameBattle, Jack
GenderMale
OccupationBusinessman
TraitKorean American

NameBattle, Theresa
GenderFemale
OccupationProfessor
TraitsKorean American
Engaged
Pregnant

NameReyes, Rita
GenderFemale
TraitsPuerto Rican
Independent

GenreDomestic
Fiction
Psychological
TopicsWidowers
Middle classes
Family relationships
Interracial families
Family businesses
Parent and child
Family conflicts
American culture
Contemporary life
SettingLong Island, New York
Suburb