Views from the Cockpit by Ross Victory
The Journey of a Son
Views from the Cockpit: The Journey of a Son is a memoir born from pain. Page by page, year by year, tender father-son memories of airplane watching transform into nightmarish, turbulent family drama.
Upon the discovery that his father had been the victim of severe elder abuse as his health was rapidly deteriorating, the author finds himself reevaluating the decisions his father made throughout his life. With an unshakable ending, the author's probing dissection of a man he thought he knew reckons with disloyalty, depression, religion and death, leaving no stone unturned.
Through sharp, sometimes hilariously brash analysis, decorated in plane metaphors and imagery, the author expresses his commitment to truth with sincerity and transparency. He reaches for forgiveness, understanding and compromise in the face of absurdity and uncompromising rigidity.
Personal message from the author:
“The book started as journal entries I wrote to myself as I faced my dad's imminent death and the circumstances of fraud and elder abuse that surrounded him. I quickly noticed that the more I wrote, the better I felt. As time went on, people encouraged me to write a book, so I use the journals as a resource to memorialize my dad but also to reflect on the notion of origin, journey, and destination and the choices we each have to be the captain of our lives.”
— J Ross Victory