Flying in Place

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Once in a while, a first novel arrives like a bolt of lightning, commanding attention with an explosion of power, grace, and light. Flying in Place is such a book. As unflinching as The Lovely Bones, as startling as Beloved, it is a work to bear witness—with bravery and compassion—for the experience of millions of readers and their loved ones.

Emma is twelve, a perfectly normal girl, in a perfectly normal home. With a perfectly normal father...who comes into her bedroom every ...

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Overview

Once in a while, a first novel arrives like a bolt of lightning, commanding attention with an explosion of power, grace, and light. Flying in Place is such a book. As unflinching as The Lovely Bones, as startling as Beloved, it is a work to bear witness—with bravery and compassion—for the experience of millions of readers and their loved ones.

Emma is twelve, a perfectly normal girl, in a perfectly normal home. With a perfectly normal father...who comes into her bedroom every night in the hours before dawn. Emma will do anything to escape. From the visits. From the bodies. From the breathing. Even go walking on the ceiling—which is where Emma meets Ginny, the sister who died before she was born. Ginny, who knows things. Ginny, who can fly....

In the tradition of The Joy Luck Club and Ordinary People, a stunning first novel by the winner of the World Fantasy Award. Flying in Place is the story of Emma, a 12-year-old girl who is abused by her highly respected surgeon father. Emma's secret is too terrible to reveal, but too painful to endure much longer. . . . Reissue.

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Editorial Reviews

San Francisco Examiner
"Packs a huge emotional wallop...Flying in Place is a brave and honest work, an impressive and important debut."
Seattle Times
"Rewarding…Palwick's characterization of Emma is superb, as truthful as that of Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird....First-class storytelling."
New York Newsday
"A powerful and harrowing story about child abuse…Dramatizes its horrific theme with unflinching clarity and great dramatic power."
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"Packs a huge emotional wallop...Flying in Place is a brave and honest work, an impressive and important debut."—San Francisco Examiner on Flying in Place

"Chilling and finely tuned...Palwick avoids pat solutions, offering instead a deeply felt, deeply moving tale."—Publishers Weekly on Flying in Place

"Rewarding...Palwick's characterization of Emma is superb, as truthful as that of Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird. Emma's compelling voice carries this book into the world of first-class storytelling."—Seattle Times on Flying in Place

"A powerful and harrowing story about child abuse...Dramatizes its horrific theme with unflinching clarity and great dramatic power."—New York Newsday on Flying in Place

"Simple, strong, and very powerful...a true page-turner...A book so achingly true you want to thank the author. A book like this, a story that can captivate us and raise our awareness, tells truths that need to be told."—Raleigh News & Observer on Flying in Place

"Beyond its advantages as story and as storytelling, Flying in Place offers a very real portrayal of a very real vulnerability: not only the acute vulnerability of the betrayed, but also the residual fear that our society forces upon all girls and women. The portrayal is a subtle one, and all the more effective for that."—Voice of Youth Advocates on Flying in Place

"The trauma of sexual abuse is described with beautiful, almost lyrical writing...The moving and compelling writing is sustained as the revelations unfold."—Library Journal on Flying in

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"By far the best novel I've read about abuse and childhood."--Feminist Bookstore News

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765313867
  • Publisher: Doherty, Tom Associates, LLC
  • Publication date: 5/28/2005
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 1,443,879
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan Palwick teaches at the University of Nevada in Reno. FLYING IN PLACE is her first novel.

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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    deep thought provoking tale

    In Wisconsin, everyone in the small town thinks highly of surgeon Dr. Stewart Gray, who dines with the elite. However, the much adulated Dr. Gray hides a dark side from public view. Every night after his wife an English teacher falls asleep he visits his twelve years old daughter Emma to have his sexual way with her. Uncomfortable and with no place to escape, Emma flies away in her mind though her body remains in place. On her mental trips she begins meeting her sister Ginny who at ten years old died long before Emma was born. --- Emma becomes more withdrawn with every nocturnal visit as her only friend is her sibling¿s spirit. School nurse Halloran notices the bruises on Emma¿s body and the negative trends of withdrawal and grades collapsing; she soon concludes that the epitome of upper crust society Stewart was assaulting his child. Still it is hard to prove until Emma¿s Aunt Donna arrives; she knows the real Dr. Stewart Gray not the image and believes history is repeating itself. --- FLYING IN PLACE is a deep thought provoking reprint of an insightful very dark early 1990s tale. The key characters are purposely left as two dimensional. This approach enables the reader to decide whether the two sisters are actually flying together or just a defense mechanism of the preadolescent, but also restricts the cast as women are courageous or victims and men nice or sinful. Black and white with no gray, FLYING IN PLACE grips the reader from the moment the mask falls off of Stewart and never eases the emotional shock until Donna confronts him.--- Harriet Klausner

    15 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2013

    A tough story to tell

    Despite the heart breaking subject matter of this book the wonderfully strong characters, compelling plot and a touch of magic make this a must read!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 22, 2013

    If you don't read another book this year, you must read this one

    If you don't read another book this year, you must read this one. It's rare that a book grips me as much as this one did. The writing is perfect, the subject matter one many avoid even tho it's truly a wrong that should be recognized and righted early on, and the plot so well-plotted that the reader cannot find a good "stopping place". I was THERE with the main character, with hopelessness and heart racing. I highly recommend this book-an excellent read.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2013

    Wow!

    This book was wonderful. Very thought provoking. I recommend it.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2013

    Very well written.

    Very well written.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2014

    Flying in place

    It was a good book.it was definetly a page turner.I read it in a day and a half. Recommend to everyone to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2013

    Wonderful jpw

    Jpw

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2013

    Thank you for writing this book.

    You are not alone.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 22, 2013

    Very Good

    Great Summer Read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2013

    wow

    this was so powerful. the strength in the writing was powerful. enjoyed the way the subject matter was handled and the ending was well done

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2013

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2013

    Trevir

    Im there

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2013

    gripping

    this story had me hooked from the first page. The way the way story unfolded for a young girls mind was so heartbreaking. i could not put it down from day 1.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2013

    awesome read!

    Loved it!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2013

    Well done

    Great story telling and good writing. I read a lot and this is one of the best lately. Like how the subject was handled and the paranormal aspect was not overdone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2013

    Highly Recommended

    This was a well-written book about a sensitive subject. I read it because I can relate to the subject matter, as can many others. I enjoyed the read, and hope all those who have had similar experiences can find help and healing.

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  • Posted May 10, 2013

    Lame

    Not a easy read. Too much skipping around

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 10, 2013

    A real page turner!

    It was kind of hard getting into this book at first because you don't quite understand what is going on, but once you do, oh my! It will keep you interested from then on. A very good read and highly recommended.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2013

    Enjoyable reading

    Good, but not extra special.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2013

    Great book

    Thisvwas an amazing story.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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