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3.52  ·  Rating details ·  25 Ratings  ·  5 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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Oct 28, 2007 rated it really liked it
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
Nov 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Ginger Strand’s Flight is one of my favorite novels that should have been a national sleeper hit. The characters are three-dimensional with rich backstories that are masterfully weaved by the author. It is a reminder that we are all fallen humanity who, despite the exterior or glaze, we put on, we have flaws, insecurities, and histories that bubble up at opportune and inopportune times. The stories in this family remind me that no longer do the families that 'eat together stay together.' That pe ...more
Oct 25, 2007 rated it really liked it
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.

May 15, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Jul 18, 2007 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
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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Ginger Strand is an American essayist, novelist, environmental writer, and historian. Her 2005 debut novel Flight was adapted from several of her short stories. Her published books of non-fiction include Inventing Niagara: Beauty, Power, and Lies in May 2008 and Killer on the Road: Violence and the American Interstate in 2012.

Ginger Strand grew up mostly on a farm in Michigan. Her family moved oft
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