Flying Over Home is a searing account of a girl’s loss of her father and an adult woman’s quest to find him again. Not that he was lost: he left her and her mother for another woman and to alcohol and to his ever-expanding desire for adventure. In writing that is at once passionate, precise, and poetic, Jeanette Stokes takes us on a journey from Tulsa to New Orleans to Paris to Moscow to North Carolina, connecting the dots, fanning through letters and photographs, searching for the light of her father’s smile. This is more than one woman’s story: it is the story of contentious race relations in the South, of politics and desire on a global as well as personal level. I have never read a more compelling book about the disastrous consequences of divorce. Yet ultimately, Stokes brings the story home to her own healing heart.
– Elaine Neil Orr, author
Jeanette Stokes is the founder and Executive Director of RCWMS.