When 15-year-old Lucy learns that her father had a child with another woman, she begins to question everything else around her—her parents, her sister, her friends. On a class trip, she winds up sitting with a the formerly avoided Maxine, just the first decision of several that will change her life. She decides to spy on her new brother's family. She hits it off with Maxine's brother. And when things hit rock bottom, she decides to set off to see her grandfather in Maine, whose relationship with her own dad has been strained. First-time YA novelist McCarthy writes like he's been inside a teen's head for decades, but that’s maybe because he played any number as an actor. Lucy's turmoil over her own identity feels authentic - she's a likable kid going through hard times who learns a lot in a story that doesn't feel a bit lessony. A great that I am excited to recommend to teens and adults alike— Daniel Goldin
15-year-old Lucy Willows appears to be your average teenager living with her parents and younger sister in the suburbs of New Jersey. Her biggest problem is whether or not it’s her night to clear the table and do the dishes. Things change when she learns that her father has another child, an eight-year-old boy, who was the result of a brief affair. When she discovers this, Lucy’s world implodes. She questions everything that she knows about her family, especially her father. Just Fly Away is a look at family and secrets, love and betrayal, and what it means to really love someone.— Sharon K. Nagel
Andrew McCarthy is appearing at Boswell on Monday, April 19, 7 pm, for a ticketed talk and signing. Tickets are $19 and include a copy of Just Fly Away. Tickets are available on the Brown Paper Tickets website. Please note that purchasing the book here is not admission to the event. However, we can get a copy signed for you to pick up afterwards. Mr. McCarthy will personalize but alas, we cannot take inscriptions.— Boswell
"Ever wish that you could just fly away?"
When fifteen-year-old Lucy Willows discovers that her father has a child from a brief affair, an eight-year-old boy who lives in her own suburban New Jersey town, she begins to question everything she thinks she knows about her home and her life. How could Lucy's father have betrayed the entire family? How could her mother forgive him? And why isn't her sister rocked by the news the way Lucy is?
As her father's secret becomes her own, Lucy grows more and more isolated from her friends, her family, and even her boyfriend, Simon, the one person she thought understood her. When Lucy escapes to Maine, the home of her mysteriously estranged grandfather, she finally begins to get to the bottom of her family's secrets and lies.
Just Fly Away is a debut novel about family secrets, first love, the limits of forgiveness, and finding one's way in the world from an award-winning writer, actor, and director.