How Clarissa Burden Learned to Fly is the transcendent story of a young woman who, in a twenty-four hour period, journeys through startling moments of self-discovery that lead her to a courageous and life-altering decision.


On the warmest summer solstice recorded in Hope, Florida, Clarissa discovers she is procrastinating, she is supposed to be working on her novel, instead she is doing everything but writing when it dawned on her that she spent a great deal of time contemplating the death of her husband Iggy. Clarissa has many intriguing as well as extraordinary adventures throughout the day while her husband is busily sketching nudes. From an amorous fly, the ghosts that inhabit Poor Spot Cemetery, her stagnant marriage, memories of a cruel childhood and the ghost who wants her to write their story, Clarissa’s day is culminating into what becomes more than she could ever have imagined and Clarissa can imagine a great deal.

It is indeed an intriguing story and in  parts depressing, for Clarissa Burden, as her life gets altered in a 24 hr period. The book is very creative and eclectic, with real and imaginary characters. The books , either you are going to love it or hate it, but to me it seemed that the story created a nice well woven quilt with a set of characters and plot.

It’s not one of those usual story line, where the wife after hitting her 30s wants to find herself, unsatisfied in her marriage.. instead 35 year old Clarissa’s self – realization and strength is totally believable and normal. She is a fighter, who takes baby steps through her day, slowly overcoming her weaknesses learns to fly.

I loved the book, you can try it ….


Connie May Fowler is an essayist, screenwriter, and novelist. She is the author of five novels, most recently The Problem with Murmur Lee, and a memoir, When Katie Wakes. In 1996, she published Before Women Had Wings, which became a paperback bestseller and was made into a successful Oprah Winfrey Presents movie. She founded the Connie May Fowler Women With Wings Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to aiding women and children in need. For more information check out Connie May Fowler’s website or follow her on Twitter.

I received a complimentary copy of How Clarissa Burden Learned To Fly by Connie May Fowler from Hachette.


How Clarissa Burden Learned To Fly
Author: Connie May Fowler
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication Date: April 2, 2010
Hardcover: 288 pages
ISBN: 978-0446540681
Genre: Fiction