Traveling is fun and something that many of us yearn to do (usually we add “before it’s too late”). But when traveling is an integral part of your job, how do you keep yourself from regretting your lifestyle choice? Peter in Flight by Paul Michael Peters follows a marketer focused on the conference market at the turn of the 21st century.
Peter doesn’t have a home or car of his own, but as he travels for most of the year for work, it wouldn’t make sense to pay for a space just to leave it empty. Traveling from conference to conference marketing a data system, Peter is very good at his job and he thoroughly enjoys it. As the job market changes through acquisitions and mergers, Peter’s redundancy forces him to face aspects of life he never thoroughly considered, like love and family.
As someone who works in a field where conferences are a necessary component, Peter’s story resonated with ease with me. A quick read, but not so quickly-paced, the novel offers an interesting perspective on a different aspect to corporate America that we all take for granted, particularly in today’s age of constant social media presence of companies. The incorporation of the events of 9/11 also offers a different perspective how the events affected ordinary people, such as Peter.
Overall, I’d give it a 3.5 out of 5 stars.