Every writer keeps a secret, an episode from their past, hidden inside until maturity and their advancing powers conspire to bring it out; and that is certainly what happened with journalist Rinker Buck’s Flight of Passage. Part adventure tale, part literary memoir, Flight of Passage is the story of how two brothers resolved their differences and proved themselves to their father through a mythical odyssey across America.
In 1966, Rinker and Kernahan Buck, 15 and 17, bought a dilapidated Piper Cub for $300, rebuilt it in their barn, and then took off for California, making headlines across the country as "the youngest aviators ever to fly America coast-to-coast." Buck movingly recreates the pre-Vietnam America of cheap strip motels and dusty landing strips, the perilous crossing of the Rockies and the Arizona deserts in a fragile plane without a radio, narrating a classic tale of the Sixties. But Flight of Passage is also a timeless ode to fathers and sons, evoking the rites of coming of age in a family driven both by demons and big dreams.
About Rinker Buck
Rinker Buck began his career as a reporter for The Berkshire Eagle in Massachusetts. His writing has appeared in numerous national publications, including New York, Life, and Adweek magazines. Flight of Passage is his first book. He and his wife, Amelia de Neergaard, live with their two daughters… More about Rinker Buck
Audiobook Download | $11.95
Published by Random House Audio Jul 05, 2000| 360 Minutes| ISBN 9780553750348