It’s June 1993, and Ashley Lake has just been reminded that she is not a lucky person. As a small child, she lost her parents in a plane crash from which she emerged as sole survivor. More recently, as a high school senior, she watched the aunt who raised her succumb to cancer, leaving her to wonder: Am I cursed?
Rocked by her aunt’s death, Ash puts plans for a collegiate track and field career on hold and moves to New York City. But even as she settles into life in The City, Ash knows she can’t stay forever. Because while it doesn’t look like she’ll be the next Wilma Rudolph, she still might find an encouraging college coach and welcoming teammates. Possibly, even, the perfect place–or person–to call home.
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Reviews and Reader Comments for Flight
- Love in the Margins, June 2014. Author Jill Sorenson wrote, “What struck me most about Flight was its authenticity. I thought of the word ‘truisms’ while I was reading. There is a lot of truthiness in the dialog and the characters’ actions. I nodded along with many passage and related to the overall feeling of being a young woman who struggles to find her way. The writing is excellent, with no typos or grammar mistakes that I noticed… People say they want more diversity! And lesbians! Especially in genres like YA and NA. Well, here it is. Low price, great story, not a debut author… A-“
- Curve magazine, January 2014. “Five stars. Kate Christie has shown with her thought-provoking novel Family Jewels that she is a force to be reckoned with in modern lesbian writing. If her newest book Flight were a meal, I would call it a most delicious serving of slow food—in this case, culinary art for the mind… This book grew on me with every page turned—the warmth of the characters, the description of places, the awesome character development, the sports scenes, the well-done historical angle (the novel is mainly set in the early 1990s), and the low-key but pervasive positive outlook on life.”
- Reader comment, 6/16/14: “I think Kate Christie is one of the best lesbian fiction authors of our time if not for all time. Her works reflect so much more than a simple story of love and growth rather she brings characters forth that are so believable and share so much with the reader it is truly losing a friend when that last page is turned. Flight is no different and, in this reader’s opinion, may be her best work to date. It is a life story with heartache, friendship, growth, and overcoming all that needs to be overcome to make a person who she is. This is not the typical lesbian love story, which is so refreshing in itself, rather this is a story of a young girl of 18 becoming a young woman. Ashley Lake is an impressive character in what she has survived–things so beautifully narrated that I cried, but survival isn’t who she is and Flight is her journey into living life, focusing her dreams, and finding her heart. With this novel, Kate Christie has reminded me yet again that there is more to this genre than just simple mind candy. I can’t recommend this story enough!”
- Reader comment, 8/22/15: “Five stars. This is a richly worded book, intelligent, insightful, and thought-provoking. Every time I re-read this book, and others by this author, I am enthralled anew. To some Flight seems overly complex or word superfluous, but the growth of the characters is subtle, which gives them depth… Considering the breadth of detail, one would think this novel would be a weighty tome, but this author has skill and uses her words incredibly well.”
- Reader comment, 1/26/18: “Wonderful coming of age story describing a year in the life of a young woman in the 1990s in New York. If you’re expecting a lesfic romance, this is not it. Very touching and moving. If you enjoy crying on public transport, this is for you.”
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