Whether we have a sense of certainty about the afterlife or not, most of us ponder what exactly happens in the moments after the light goes out of our eyes. This book is, in part, about those moments, but it is also much more. It explores our purpose here, in this lifetime, and our control of it, and it does so in a beautiful, swooping story about a pilot whose time has been a grand adventure. In a way, it is a “coming of age” tale of a man in his 70’s who finally sees where he is going and where he has been. Having followed him on his journey, there is now no way I won’t be considering my own.
Midway Field is the story of an aging pilot on his way to the American Midwest for a summer of solo barnstorming, flying from town-to-town selling rides and living out of his airplane. On this, his second summer of barnstorming, he crashes his airplane in heavy fog and then discovers he has died and gone where all of us may go. Through his main character, Doc, the author presents us with his view of what he thinks actually happens when we leave this reality and enter into the realm of death. 122 pages.