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Thanks to an airline snafu, Bennie Ford is stuck — along with a lot of other passengers— in the bowels of Chicago’s O’Hare Airport in Jonathan Miles’ Dear American Airlines. As the hours tick by and it looks like he might miss his daughter Stella’s wedding, Bennie begins a venom-laced missive to American Airlines, demanding his $392.68 back: ”I suppose you little piglets are accustomed to being huffed upon and puffed upon.” With no planes in sight, he rambles on. The letter — a bit overlong, but tender and corrosively funny — becomes an elegy to his wasted life and to the relationship he never managed to have with Stella. A-

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