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4.12  ·  Rating details ·  78 ratings  ·  23 reviews
The man of the house was mad when Sandrine came. Elizabeth’s mother rang her morning, noon and night. He’s driving me mad with his pepper talk, she said, I’ll crown him if he talks to me about the need for Vietnam to join the International Pepper Community and duties and postmen one more time! The cracks one begins to see in families.

Flight is the story of four travellers
Paperback, 223 pages
Published April 4th 2014 by Tramp Press
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This novel is set in 2004 "boom-time Ireland" (to borrow from the Guardian). It is the story of two aging people, their adult daughter, and an immigrant from Zimbabwe. Tom and Clare have lived their lives on 3 continents : in Ireland, America, and Vietnam. Tom's work is importing spices, which leads them to America and Vietnam. Their daughter Elizabeth lives in all three countries as a child, but is most at home in America. She goes to Ireland for university, and settles there. Her parents retur ...more
Jun 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Tramp Press is doing a great job at introducing me to amazing contemporary Irish literature! I really appreciate it, thank you SO much! The writing in this book was so beautiful, intimate and heartfelt. I often found myself wondering how the author managed to connect the different perspectives so easily. Writing beautifully seems to be an extension of Oona Frawley's arm. I've mentioned before that I love reading immigrant fiction, and Flight fuelled that love so well. The characters in Flight ar ...more
Lisa Coen
Apr 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I love this book, but then I'm biased.
Jun 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
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“She wonders if these same business people, these men and women that she pushes past on the paths – did they vote yes, vote to change the constitution and keep people like Sandrine out? It scares her, in a way, that this baby is about to arrive in a country that only this week has voted to disallow her citizenship. She will be born placeless on this day, an unwelcome baby.”

This book is set in Ireland in 2004 (and written in 2006) but could not be more relevant today, in the time of the Brexit r
Apr 13, 2014 rated it liked it
Okay, I didn't read the whole thing so take my review with a grain of salt. I only got to about page 120. My attention span is a little short lately, and the slow, ruminative feel of this book made it easy to put down. I put it down twice and returned to it out of a feeling of duty. The third time, I left it down and moved on to other books.

I didn't want to admit that, as I felt I was probably just an insufficiently serious reader. But then there was a review of the book in the Irish Times toda
Marc Faoite
Sep 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
I once had a classmate named Oona Frawley. Though she wasn't the author of this book the name stood out when I first came across it, a reminder of a very distant past. Then when I saw the publisher was Tramp Press, publishers of Sarah Baume's Spill Simmer Falter Wither, one of my favourite books in recent years, I decided to give this book a try.

Flight is the story of three women. Sandrine leaves Zimbabwe in search of a better life in Ireland, bringing a freshly conceived baby with her as undecl
Molly Ferguson
Feb 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: irish-lit
This was a wonderful debut novel, and so timely, about the increased numbers of migrants in Ireland and the country's 2004 referendum restricting the citizenship rights of children born in Ireland to non-national parents. I really fell in love with the characters, especially Sandrine, and the story of Elizabeth watching her parents decline is deeply moving. Plus, the sentences were lovely and there was some killer figurative language. I hope Oona Frawley continues to write fiction - I'm her newe ...more
Mary Kate
Mar 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
My Irish literature professor from college recommended this novel and it couldn't have been more timely - 1) I was visiting Dublin, and 2) the US is experiencing its own immigration crisis. Oona's characters are vivid and she captures both despair and hopefulness with equal beauty.
Sarah Davis-Goff
Apr 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: tramp-press
I'm party of the team at Tramp Press that published this book – but before we published 'Flight' it was just a manuscript that we absolutely loved. It's a brilliant work of fiction and Frawley's view on contemporary Ireland are relevant and important.
Mar 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Vreselijk mooi. Vol met allerlei vormen van verdriet, eenzaamheid en de menselijke impuls om op de een of andere manier hoop te putten uit elkaar
Mar 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
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I read a description of this book on The Millions, and it had me at "Zimbabwean coming to Ireland." (I've been to both of those countries and they hold a special place in my heart.) It's a short book and a bit slow, but it's definitely interesting to read a book about immigration issues in a country other than the US.
s w
Jul 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Beautifully crafted characters with well-woven narratives. A story about modern Ireland that feels simultaneously large and small in scope.
Oct 09, 2018 rated it liked it
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Sad. Just so sad.
Feb 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
A beautifully written book, which has a simple main story, but rich back stories. The topics covered include losing parents, dementia, immigration, infertility and bringing children into the world.
Apr 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a quiet, internal book. Beautifully written, with characters fully realized. My only complaint is not enough really happens, but if it seems slow, keep going - the ending is satisfying.
Margaret Madden
Apr 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Thanks to Tramp Press for sending me a review copy of this book .......

Four people. Four journeys. Four lives. From Zimbabwe to Ireland, America to Vietnam, these journeys each come with their own tales. Some of isolation, humiliation and degradation, others of hope and prosperity in a different world.

Sandrine has come to Ireland to seek a better life for herself, and hopefully her family. She is employed by Elizabeth to look after her elderly parents,
Vivian Valvano
Dec 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
I know Oona Frawley and have great respect for her erudition as a scholar . Her critical writing and research prowess are superb. That she can also write excellent fiction staggers me. Few are those who can successfully perform in both realms. Her debut novel is set in Ireland, 2004 as its present moment (thus, high on the Tiger) but with considerable portions of the characters' respective lifetimes taking place in Vietnam, Zimbabwe, and the U.S. It is truly a multi-national book. Sandrine, a Zi ...more
May 22, 2014 rated it liked it
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While Frawley conveys some compassionate observations on a number of important social issues - emigration, asylum, and citizenship; racism; motherhood and family - as a novel, it felt a bit heavy-handed. The quality of the writing was stunning, as expected, but the plot was, well, weak. While I'm used to reading detective fiction where plot is everything, I also enjoy a good Banville novel every now and then - lyrical prose and a lacklustre story - but his novels don't feel like platforms, and F ...more
Louise Wardell
Apr 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Excellent read, well written and different
Kara Donnelly
Dec 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
I just finished Flight and liked it very much. My review will be published on Wednesday, 12/24 on
Jul 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant. An evocation of 21st century Ireland and the changing nature of Irish identity. Frawley reveals the fractures and the beauty so commonly found in the Ireland of today.
Jan 21, 2015 rated it liked it
Beautifully written book which touches on some big issues but perhaps a little too ponderous and melancholy for my tastes.
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Born in NYC to Irish-actor parents, Oona has lived in Ireland full-time since completing her Ph.D. at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York. She has held post-doctoral fellowships at Queen's University Belfast and Trinity College Dublin, and has lectured in the Department of English at Maynooth University since 2008. Oona's research interests lie in Irish Studies, particularly of the late 19th and ...more
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