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"Motherhood, modern life and sibling strife are shrewdly dissected in this poignant portrait of a family’s first Christmas after losing their matriarch."

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To tell an intimate, multi-themed tale of modern America in little over 200 pages is quite something, and that’s exactly what Lynn Steger Strong has done with Flight. Exploring loss, motherhood, marriage, and the weariness, frustration and anger that can come in the wake of feeling a chasm between hopes, actuality and responsibility, this wears its fierce power in readable style.

Henry, Kate and Martin are about to experience their first Christmas since losing their mother. Alongside tension around the “what are we going to do with Mom’s house?” question, day-to-day strains snag as the siblings and their spouses struggle to get on through their very different ways of doing things, not least when it comes to parenting, and their different financial statuses.

Electric with flaws, the characters feel incredibly real, not least because their words ring with authentic frustrations. Add to this sharply observed scenes of family life, a desperate race-against-time to help a local family, and the siblings’ smouldering grief, and Flight’s potency gathers to a stirring crescendo.

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