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Flight: A Novel

3.41 of 5 stars 3.41  ·  rating details  ·  22 ratings  ·  4 reviews
In her haunting debut novel, Flight, Ginger Strand creates an unforgettable portrait of a midwestern family navigating an indelibly changed world. Will Gruen loves to fly. As a Michigan farm boy, he longed to clear a furrow through sky, not land. Since then, he has pursued speed and forward motion, from his Air Force service in Vietnam to his thirty years as a commercial p ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published May 1st 2005 by Simon & Schuster
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Flight is a story about family. Real family. The kind with dysfunctions in every closet. Set in a fictional rural Michigan town, the Gruen family gathers on the family farm to celebrate the wedding of youngest daughter, Leanne.

Will Gruen, the father, is a pilot who is feeling his age and the fast approach of what may be his last opportunity as a commercial airline pilot. He has received an offer that would mean relocating to Hong Kong, and he has yet to gather the courage to broach the subject
This book is so real that it was almost hard to read. I felt like I could be part of this family, even though I have never been to this place or had a sister. Ginger Strand is my new hero, she wrote a book I should have gotten my ducks in a row and wrote long ago. Not that I could have written this in such eloquence anyway.

An excellent story about family dynamics and children returning home as adults. I was familiar with the small town setting in central Michigan, plus the I-94 corridor around Chicago and thought the author captured it all beautifully and realistically. The setting plays a key role in the plot. Definitely a GOOD READ.
Karen Chow
I enjoyed the seamless transition from all four points of view. I also enjoyed the all-encompassing theme of "flight" and the fact that the author used present tense throughout. It was written very well; however, I was not a fan of the plotline.
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