This amazing book of short stories comes with high praise from several writers whose work I admire, including Daniel Woodrell, George Pelecanos and Charles Johnson. Nicholson's stories all take place in Washington, D.C. in the neighborhoods of working class blacks. In prose that is deceptively simple Nicholson brings his characters to vivid life. He reminds me of Ralph Ellison. He is that good.
“Flying Home is a collection of wonderful short stories. Nicholson writes like an elder watching a city change and knowing the difference between life and death. There is sweet goodness in these tales. Wisdom can be found in this book too. ‘Seasons’ is a baseball story I fell in love with. ‘Flying Home’ made me want to hug my daughter again—like it was fifteen years ago. As Washington slow dances with gentrification it’s good to know a way of life has not been erased. Yes, the barbershop is open and friends still give rides to those who no longer know how to fly.” —E. Ethelbert Miller, poet
“In Flying Home, David Nicholson, the dauntless founder of Black Film Review, gives us a series of absorbing stories, captured for the reader in a linguistical version of CinemaScope, along with a most playful riff on Ralph Ellison’s narrative style. Intimate yet wide-angled, imaginative and probing, Nicholson’s collection is, as its last tale reveals, full of the inspiration and longing that come with having seen Hendrix perform live on the grandest of stages when music and society were on the edge of revolution.” —Henry Louis Gates Jr., Alphonse Fletcher University Professor, Harvard University
“David Nicholson is such a gifted, assured storyteller that I read Flying Home in a single sitting, pulled from one beautifully written, wise, and moving story to the next, so enchanted by the lives he explores in the ‘secret city,’ and by his skill, that I was unaware of the passage of time. This is superbly crafted, memorable writing that will leave readers hungering for more.” —Charles Johnson, National Book Award-winning author of Middle Passage
“David Nicholson writes with subtle insight, vividly rendered, into the human condition. Flying Home is an accomplished book of stories that take us behind the curtains of race and class that separate us and often hide our common humanity.” —Arnold Rampersad, author of Ralph Ellison: A Biography
“Flying Home is not elegiac, for there’s too much love and humor and landscape in this fine collection about the often-hidden heart of the city. The people are real, and the place is vivid.” —Susan Straight, author of A Million Nightingales and Highwire Moon, a finalist for the National Book Award