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David Dornstein was twenty-five years old, with dreams of becoming a great writer, when he boarded Pan Am Flight 103 on December 21, 1988. Thirty-eight minutes after takeoff, a terrorist bomb ripped the plane apart over Lockerbie, Scotland. Almost a decade later, Ken Dornstein set out to solve the riddle of his older brother’s life, using the notebooks and manuscripts that David left behind. In the process, he also began to create a new life of his own. The Boy Who Fell Out of the Sky is the unforgettable story of one man’s search for the truth about his brother—and himself.
“Hugely satisfying. . . [Dornstein’s] journey. . . reveals not just the truth about the Dornstein brothers but about love, loss, and ultimately life’s inescapable transience.” —Daniel Akst, The Boston Globe
“Creating narrative coherence out of awful accident is, I suppose, a textbook way of dealing with grief. . . . [But] Dornstein’s skill as a writer makes the raw material [of his brother’s life] seem tailor-made for the form he has chosen. . . . It's a compelling, sad, thoughtful book.” —Nick Hornby, The Believer
“Dornstein has written a book that transcends its subject, becoming a meditation upon not only his brother’s life but his own. All of ours.”—Benjamin Alsup, Esquire
“Without an ounce of self-pity or melodrama, [Dornstein] writes with razor-sharp clarity and realizes, as we do, how the chapters themselves are a testament to the enormous love between these two brothers.” —Marion Fontana, The Washington Post Book World