In Lynn Steger Sturdy’s taut home drama, Flight, Christmas is a time of stress and therapeutic for 3 grownup siblings within the wake of their mom’s demise.
Helen was a formidable determine by all accounts. Equal elements homemaker, matriarch and mental, she stood out in her Florida city and supplied the charismatic fulcrum round which her household’s life pivoted. Even after her kids had lengthy left the household residence behind, she wielded a robust affect.
For his or her first vacation after her demise, Helen’s fractious household has gathered on the massive home in upstate New York that center youngster Henry shares together with his spouse, Alice. The entire group is flailing, as a result of Helen died out of the blue—and not using a will—and now they’re preventing over their mom’s Florida residence.
However cash and property are solely the beginning of their points. Nobody is comfy in Helen’s absence; everyone seems to be anxious and hiding some perceived shortcoming. The youngest sibling, Kate, a stay-at-home mother of three, selected the same path to Helen’s however solely lacks her conviction. The jury continues to be out on Kate’s husband, Josh, who spends the vacation devoted to the seemingly Sisyphean job of constructing an igloo for the youngsters to play in. With cash bother looming, Kate’s focus is firmly skilled on the large favor she needs to ask of her brothers.
Eldest brother Martin is a professor anxious about job stability within the wake of some unbecoming and doubtlessly ruinous conduct. His spouse, Tess, is a well-paid and perennially anxious lawyer, who’s neither assured together with her youngsters nor snug once they’re out of her sight.
Henry is a devoted artist who does fascinating work to doc local weather change, which nobody else inside (or maybe even outdoors of) the household understands or values. Alice is a wonderful biracial social employee from a well-to-do household who’s grieving her maternal prospects after a number of miscarriages. She dreads being left alone with any of her in-laws.
As a reader, it’s simple to narrate to Alice’s trepidation. Although each sibling and partner in Flight is nuanced and multidimensional, Helen’s clan will be overwhelming. Fortuitously, a big facet plot involving certainly one of Alice’s extra troubled purchasers supplies a key rallying level for the household in addition to some much-needed respiration room. However after all, the myriad fissures, fractures and worries are what make this household drama really feel totally actual.