Walking on Air: A Novel
William Addams is dying. Controlling, mercurial, and estranged from his family, he is consumed by the fear that he'll be abandoned by Henry and Susan, his closest friends, the only people on whom he can rely.
What he wants is for their faithfulness to last until they take him home to his beloved house to die. But as William's condition worsens, it becomes apparent that his expectations of devotion and loyalty involve not simply a loving commitment but the virtual handing over of his friends' vitality and independence; indeed, William covets their very lives.
Filled with penetrating insights and dazzling beauty, Walking on Air explores the shadowy, often disturbing parameters of devotion, demonstrating its inevitable limits as well as its astounding powers of transformation.
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WALKING ON AIRUser Review - Jane Doe - Kirkus
Once again, Jones (Force of Gravity, 1991) clamps an iron grip on themes of obsession, death, and delusionbut renders the increments of human despair more successfully by charting the course of decay ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - porchsitter55 - LibraryThing
This was one of the most depressing books I've ever read, coming in only second to "The Diary of Anne Frank". It's about a terminally ill man and how a couple of his closest friends come to terms with ... Read full review