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Flight Season: A Novel (Hardcover)
From Marie Marquardt, the author of Dream Things True and The Radius of Us, comes a story of two teenagers learning what to hold on to, what to let go of, and that sometimes love gets in the way of our plans.
Back when they were still strangers, TJ Carvalho witnessed the only moment in Vivi Flannigan’s life when she lost control entirely. Now, TJ can’t seem to erase that moment from his mind, no matter how hard he tries. Vivi doesn’t remember any of it, but she’s determined to leave it far behind. And she will.
But when Vivi returns home from her first year away at college, her big plans and TJ’s ambition to become a nurse land them both on the heart ward of a university hospital, facing them with a long and painful summer together – three months of glorified babysitting for Ángel, the problem patient on the hall. Sure, Ángel may be suffering from a life-threatening heart infection, but that doesn’t make him any less of a pain.
As it turns out, though, Ángel Solís has a thing or two to teach them about all those big plans, and the incredible moments when love gets in their way.
Written in alternating first person from the perspectives of all three characters, Flight Season is a story about discovering what’s really worth holding onto, learning how to let go of the rest, and that one crazy summer that changes your life forever.
About the Author
Marie Marquardt is a Scholar-in-Residence at Emory University's Candler School of Theology and the author of Living Illegal: The Human Face of Unauthorized Immigration. She is widely published in the areas of religion, inter-ethnic relations, and civic participation of Mexican immigrants in the U.S. South. Marquardt has also worked extensively as an advocate among immigrants in Atlanta. She is a founding organizer and currently serves as co-chair of El Refugio, a hospitality house outside the gates of the Stewart Detention Center in Lumpkin, Georgia. Marie is also a member of the We Need Diverse Books team. Marquardt lives with her husband and four children in a very busy household in Decatur, Georgia. Dream Things True is her first young adult novel.
"The poignant story of grief, healing, and finding balance and purpose...this new offering from Marquardt will resonate with readers looking for a mature coming-of-age story." — Booklist
"The poignant story shows how young adults can connect deeply despite differences in privilege, race, and citizenship status...Marquardt once again writes a touching and authentic exploration of immigration, love, and loss." — Kirkus Reviews
"FLIGHT SEASON broke my heart and put it back together again. This is a story about love in all its many forms--romantic love, familial love, and the unconditional love that comes when you find a true friend; a friend for whom you will do anything, especially when it means saving their life." — Melissa de la Cruz, #1 New York Times bestselling author
"Marie Marquardt has a rare talent for making the issues of the heart seem big enough to fill a world; and the issues of the world able to fit themselves into a heart. FLIGHT SEASON is a gorgeous chronicle of a summer involving both." — Jeff Zentner, author of Goodbye Days