Boston: Little, Brown, and Company, 1925. viii, 359p., first edition cloth boards. An ex lending-library copy, edgeworn and somewhat shaken.
The title appears to be meant in aviation's sense of "friction," according to Leo Ribuffo's discussion of Pelley, citation below. The plot of this novel: Bumpkin conquers small town journalism, goes to the big city. More rural Vermont than (ultimate destination) Hollywood and aviation. While the self-confessed bumpkin aspires to journalism, there is nothing in his fictionalized self-history about Pelley's greatest journalistic coup, his 1918 journey to Japan which became a six-months' introjection into Siberia with American troops sent to short-circuit the Bolshevik revolution. See Leo P. Ribuffo's excellent discussion of Pelley in his "The Old Christian Right" (pp.25-79).