A Novel

Book - 2007
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The best-selling author of multiple award-winning books returns with his first novel in ten years, a powerful, fast and timely story of a troubled foster teenager -- a boy who is not a "legal" Indian because he was never claimed by his father -- who learns the true meaning of terror. About to commit a devastating act, the young man finds himself shot back through time on a shocking sojourn through moments of violence in American history. He resurfaces in the form of an FBI agent during the civil rights era, inhabits the body of an Indian child during the battle at Little Big Horn, and then rides with an Indian tracker in the 19th Century before materializing as an airline pilot jetting through the skies today. When finally, blessedly, our young warrior comes to rest again in his own contemporary body, he is mightily transformed by all he's seen. This is Sherman Alexie at his most brilliant -- making us laugh while breaking our hearts. Simultaneously wrenching and deeply humorous, wholly contemporary yet steeped in American history, Flight is irrepressible, fearless, and again, groundbreaking Alexie.
Publisher: New York : Black Cat : Distributed by Publishers Group West, c2007
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780802170378
Branch Call Number: FICTION Alexie, Sherman
Characteristics: 181 p. ; 21 cm


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ArapahoeBethW Jul 31, 2017

No one writes quite like Alexie. He's got a sharp tongue, a warm heart, and a belly full of fire. The best part is this his work always seems to remain relevant, despite the year published. In Flight we meet 15 year old Zits, American- Indian, orphaned pyromaniac, in and out of juvenile detention and foster homes. He's about to make the worst decision of his life, and that's where this story takes off. Think mash-up between It's a Wonderful Life and Trainspotting. Wild, and touching.

Jun 16, 2016

I love the way this story is told. It's very touching and wise.

mvkramer Feb 03, 2016

This novel packs a lot of punch, and for such a short work, it has a lot to say - about the universality of good and evil, about how violence breeds violence and people who are hurt go on to hurt others, and in the end, about how one person can choose to break the cycle with a little help. Great work, from a great author.

PimaLib_MaryG Jan 30, 2016

Sherman Alexie is one of my favorite writers and this is one of my favorite books. About to commit an act of extreme violence, Zits, a Native teen who is lost in foster care, is transported in time and experiences past violent events through the bodies of actual participants. He returns to the present moment a changed person. Powerful.

Jul 23, 2015

This book is a quick-read that still meaningfully says a lot about cycles of violence, empathy, identity, and family. The narrator, Zits, has been in foster care for many different years. His isolation makes him susceptible to the violent influence of an older kid who has named himself Justice. The book takes a surreal turn as Zits begins to time-travel into the bodies of other violent people who are also looking for connection and redemption.

mondaysomeday Sep 13, 2013

I'm very impressed by the way this book takes the reader through many perspectives on violence, revenge, and repeating cycles of self-destructive behavior. It's not as funny as Alexie's other books (which are often equally macabre) which is totally fine.

This is indeed an excellent coming of age story of a mixed aboriginal/Irish youth raised in foster care. He is very angry and is on the cusp of either punishing society and himself for this anger or coming to terms with the faults of his social and personal history.The author uses an interesting literary tool of 'time travel' to draw the charachter towards his own redemption. An heart felt story, well balanced with humour and sad reality of a neglected child. I would like to see this on high school cirriculum.


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Mar 08, 2011

From beginning to end a very fast read. I'm not sure about all the hype, but there were some good images here as well as a learning experience. I always like a good ending. but I'm not sure why this book deserves "questions for discussion" at the end. perhaps meant for high school class discussion, if that is the case it should be noted that there is a fair amount of foul language in this book. I suppose it could be included for authenticity but as I have always taught my kids. Anyone can use language like that. It takes a better mind to use more descriptive language.


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mvkramer Feb 03, 2016

Violence: Zits experiences some violent times in history, and the author doesn't shy away from them. War, child abuse, torture, and desecration of the dead all make an appearance.


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