Fran Dorf Flight

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At the Drummond Rehabilitation Center, Lana Paluka regains consciousness after two decades in a catatonic state. Now 38 years old, the former flower child of the sixties cannot remember her fall from a deserted cliff, nor the trial that resulted in her boyfriend Ethan's imprisonment for her attempted murder. And even as Lana's doctors ponder the miracle of her recovery, Ethan escapes from prison and makes his way toward her, leaving a bloody trail of mayhem in his wake. At the same time, Jack Wells, a reporter who knew Lana when they were teenagers, painstakingly begins to uncover the secrets of Lana's past, an investigation which leads him inexorably back to the hidden heart of his own family, and to truths he has long denied. Alternating thrilling and suspenseful scenes of Jack's relentless inquiry with shocking, poignant memories of the past, Flight is a haunting, magical novel that unleashes the darkest of human passions, even as it attests to the power of enduring love.

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Fran Dorf was born in a suburb of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1953. As a teenager, she read voraciously, wrote poetry and stories, even began working on a novel at the age of sixteen. She also had a lively interest in music and art, spent a good deal of time painting and sketching, studied piano for many years, and at one point considered fashion or graphic design as a career. She graduated from high school in l971, without ever considering a career as a fiction writer. With so many interests, including a powerful fascination with psychology, she wasn't sure just what she wanted to do.

Still somewhat without direction, she attended Boston University's School of Public Communication, which she credits with instilling in her the basics of good, crisp writing, and from which she graduated cum laude in 1975. Throughout college and for ten years or so after, she stopped writing fiction altogether. Her first job was as a promotion writer for Esquire Magazine, and she has also at various points worked as a waitress, secretary, exercise instructor, publisher for a small startup newspaper, nursing home attendant, public relations executive, promotion writer, counselor/therapist, and fundraiser.

After giving birth to her daughter, she went back to graduate school to study psychology. During this time, she began to write fiction again for the first time as an adult. Now it quickly captivated her and overtook her intent to pursue a career as a psychologist. In 1985, she received a master's degree in psychology from New York University, and in 1990, published her first novel, A Reasonable Madness, a story about a psychiatrist and his patient. She followed this with Flight, in 1992. Both novels were Literary Guild book club selections, and received critical acclaim, in America, Germany, and internationally. A Reasonable Madness has been translated into nine foreign languages. While both of these novels explore human passions and combine elements of the thriller or mystery with magical or supernatural touches, they are primarily thrillers. Saving Elijah, being published by G. P. Putnam's Sons, in June, 2000, represents a departure. The tragic death of her son in 1994 has had a profound effect on her life, which she hopes has had a transforming and deepening effect on her work. Part family drama and part ghost story, Saving Elijah represents the culmination of that transformation to date.

Fran Dorf lives near New York City with her husband. Their daughter is attending college.

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Twenty years after a plunge from an upstate cliff near Woodstock, 40-ish Lana Paluka emerges from a catatonic state to deny that Ethan Skitt--the sullen boyfriend convicted of attempted murder--could have wanted to push her. Looking and sounding half her age, Lana insists that she flew off the cliff because she's not entirely human; certainly Ethan, with whom she claims an uncanny intimacy, would never have hurt her. She admits to her old school friend Jack Wells, now a Westchester reporter, that she doesn't remember what happened at High Exposure and that she won't be able to refute the eyewitness testimony given against Ethan years ago by Jack's twin, Alan Wells, and Randy Slessenger, another member of their clique. And it's too late to get Randy to recant: Ethan was convicted of his murder seven years ago, shortly after serving his time for pushing Lana. But Jack, spurred by a book contract, reopens the case even as he's getting the word that Ethan's just escaped from prison and is looking for Lana, who's been spending those past seven years in a high-priced hospital underwritten by Alan, now a wealthy and successful physician and investor positioning himself for Congress. Jack finds himself digging more dirt on his twin (and feeling more disgusted with himself) than he ever wanted--like the reason Alan was able to force smitten 15-year-old Lana to have sex with every member of the clique--but still can't answer the riddle of why Alan's been paying for Lana's care all these years, or what's happened to Ethan (now calling himself ``Priestman'') since he escaped. Most readers will be well ahead of Jack, but the inevitable climactic return to High Exposure still packs quite a punch. Overlong and overladen with flashbacks to the Sixties, but powerfully imagined throughout--a mostly successful stretch from the author of A Reasonable Madness (1990). -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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