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Flight Risk: A Novel by [Joy Castro]

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I love fiction about outsiders, and this gripping novel features the ultimate outsider character—Isabel Morales. Growing up as the only Latina in a poverty-stricken small town in Appalachia, Isabel faced prejudice, violence, and brutal loss. It took all her strength to leave her past behind. She never discussed her history, not even with her husband. This is how she survived. And this is how she thrived in the Chicago art world—a world of great wealth and social status.

But when her mother dies, she’s forced to return to the land she grew up in. Once there, she can no longer keep memories of her devastating childhood at bay. Not surprisingly, her arrival stirs up greed and suspicion in both those who abused her and the mining company intent on seizing the forest she loved so much as a child.

But Isabel is a survivor. Living in the margins has taught her well. She won’t run away. It’s time for her to reckon with the cycle of destruction. And does she ever.

—Jodi Warshaw, Editor


“…the characters and emotions portrayed make this well worth reading.” Booklist

Flight Risk, [Castro] does an excellent job at balancing the ambiguity of her characters’ choices, while challenging readers’ expectations. Raised in West Virginia, she shows her insider knowledge in the concerns and interactions of the characters.” Los Angeles Review of Books

“Joy Castro’s writing is like watching an Acapulco cliff diver. It takes my breath away every time.”
―Sandra Cisneros, author of The House on Mango Street

“Funny, sexy, and transfixing, Joy Castro’s
Flight Risk is a meditation on love, marriage, art, family, womanhood―and therefore, life itself. Castro skillfully builds tension, and the slow intensity with which the plot’s arc forms gives the novel its exquisite and powerful impact.” ―Chigozie Obioma, author of the Booker-short-listed novel An Orchestra of Minorities

“Completely captivating. Part Patricia Highsmith, part
Mexican Gothic, part Daphne du Maurier, Joy Castro’s Flight Risk is my favorite kind of story: one in which an outsider, dodging and weaving among insiders, stirs up tension, intrigue, and suspicion. With raw energy and sharp storytelling, Flight Risk is a novel about light and shadow, and I found myself craving its every twist.” ―Timothy Schaffert, author of The Perfume Thief

“From the stunning opening lines of Joy Castro’s
Flight Risk, we know we’re in the hands of a master storyteller, and it held me captive until the final page. With writing so evocative I could taste her words, Castro has wrought a sharply observed love story with a social conscience―an investigation of class, family, and the many ways we get each other wrong.” ―Jennifer Steil, author of Exile Music

Flight Risk is a compelling, gritty portrait of class in America. Joy Castro traffics the rural-urban divide with complexity and compassion. The protagonist, Isabel Morales, an outsider turned artist, guides the reader through poverty, wealth, and the beating heart of our political divide as she reclaims her roots in coal-country West Virginia while reconciling the privileged life she’s built in Chicago. This is outlaw fiction at its best.” ―Melissa Scholes Young, author of The Hive

“A deftly intelligent literary thriller,
Flight Risk is that rarest of beasts―beautifully written yet a real page-turner, too. Wonderful.” ―S. J. Watson, author of the international bestseller Before I Go to Sleep

“Joy Castro writes with a balanced urgency―elegant sentences tempered with grace and intelligence, clear and gripping character arcs and story lines―and with a depth and dimension that leans into the transformative. Another strong book.”
―Chris Abani, author of The Secret History of Las Vegas and Song for Night --This text refers to the paperback edition.

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08Y8L33KT
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Lake Union Publishing (1 November 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 3458 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 330 pages
  • Page numbers source ISBN ‏ : ‎ 1542031923
  • Customer Reviews:
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Born in Miami, raised in England and West Virginia, and educated in Texas, Joy Castro is the award-winning author of the memoir 'The Truth Book,' two literary thrillers set in post-Katrina New Orleans: 'Hell or High Water' and 'Nearer Home,' the essay collection 'Island of Bones,' and the short fiction collection 'How Winter Began.' Her work has appeared in venues including Ploughshares, Senses of Cinema, Brevity, Fourth Genre, North American Review, Salon, Afro-Hispanic Review, Gulf Coast, and the New York Times Magazine. Winner of the Nebraska Book Award and an International Latino Book Award, Finalist for the PEN Center USA Literary Award, an alternate for the Berlin Prize, editor of the anthology 'Family Trouble,' and a former Writer in Residence at Vanderbilt University, she’s the Willa Cather Professor of English and Ethnic Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she teaches creative writing, literature, and Latinx studies.

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