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 one more time! The cracks one begins to see in families. Flight is the story of four travellers as their journeys intersect one winter in Dublin. Sandrine, a Zimbabwean woman who has left her husband and son behind in the hope of making a better life for them in Ireland, is alone and secretly pregnant. She finds herself working as a carer for Tom and Clare, a couple whose travels are ending as their minds being to fail. Meanwhile Elizabeth, their world-weary daughter, carries the weight of her own body s secret. Set in Ireland in 2004 as a referendum on citizenship approaches, Flight is a magically observed story of family and belonging, following the gestation of a friendship during a year of crisis. Flight is among a new breed of Irish novel, one that recognises the global nature of Irish experience in the late 20th century, and one that considers Ireland in the aftermath of the failed Celtic Tiger.

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