Flight by Lynn Steger Strong takes place in late December in upstate New York during the first holiday without Helen, the matriarch. Katie, Henry and Martin each miss their mother and are learning how to be this new family without her. Katie with her husband and three children is hoping the others will agree to allow her to live in the mother’s home instead of selling it. Martin and his career-minded lawyer wife, Tess, are not s easily persuaded. Artist Henry and his social-worker wife, Alice, are the only couple without children. Alice is beginning to come to terms with the idea she will not become a mother and is wrapped up in the lives of a single mother-daughter case she is assigned to care for. As each member navigates the holiday week, their likes and dislikes bubble at the surface and their flaws are revealed. An entertaining novel that held my interest.

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