Aloft is narrated by Jerry Battle, a retired landscaper with two grown children, whose girlfriend of 20 years has just left him for a childhood rival. Jerry has a laissez-faire attitude towards life, never investing much in relationships with his family and friends. Living 'Aloft', as it were, until one day a former lover attempts suicide by overdose and then drives herself into, literally, the ER. This one incident begins a cascade in which Jerry notices that slowly his life, and those of the people around him, are falling apart.
Jerry Battle and famiglia are some of the most life-like and empathetic characters I've come across in literary fiction of late, and Aloft
ends with one of the most moving images I have read in years.
I listened to the audio version, narrated by Don Leslie, who did an incredible job.