Down Around Midnight

Down Around Midnight

A Memoir of Crash and Survival

Book - 2009
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Baker & Taylor
The author shares his story of surviving a 1979 plane crash in the woods on Cape Cod, and reconnects with other survivors in an attempt to come to terms with the emotional ramifications of the incident.

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Around midnight on June 17, 1979, Air New England Flight 248, en route from New York, crashed into the woods on Cape Cod. The pilot was killed. The first officer and several passengers, struggling to escape the wreckage of the aircraft, clung to life for an hour and a half in the wilderness before rescuers found them. They survived with trauma both physical and emotional. Robert Sabbag, enjoying recent fame as the author of a surprise bestseller, was among them.
Down Around Midnight is Sabbag's account of the crash and of his candid attempt to come to terms with its aftermath. He tracks down his fellow survivors, seeing them for the first time since they saved one another's lives in the darkness thirty years before. He talks to firefighters, hospital staff, family members, and others who were present on the night of the tragedy, weaving the narrative between past and present to create a thrilling and affecting story of survival and recovery.
Down Around Midnight is fast paced and mesmerizing. At the same time it is a meditation on healing and on the various things we do with traumatic memories. In unlocking the truth of what exactly happened on that foggy night three decades ago, Sabbag writes with the striking economical style characteristic of his best work. The result is an unforgettable personal reflection on how we live with what we can never forget.

Baker
& Taylor

The author of Snowblind shares his true story of surviving a 1979 plane crash in the woods on Cape Cod, and reconnects with other survivors in an attempt to come to terms with the emotional ramifications of the incident.

Publisher: New York : Viking, 2009
ISBN: 9780670021024
0670021024
Branch Call Number: BIO Sabbag, R 2009
Characteristics: 214 pages ; 22 cm

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Sep 23, 2009

Sabbag's exploration into how he and the other survivors' lives have been affected has humor and sharp insight into the workings of memory. The flashbacks to 1979 evoke both the era and the details of the crash with startling clarity.

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