Flight: A Novel

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LSU Press, Apr 1, 1998 - Fiction - 304 pages

Published amid controversy in 1926, Flight focuses on the dilemma of Mimi Daquin, a light-complexioned African American woman who passes, for a time, as white. In the New Orleans of her birth, Mimi never encountered the hierarchies of skin color that existed elsewhere. But when her family moves to Atlanta, she embarks on a lifelong lesson about what it really means to belong to a people. From the Atlanta riot of 1906 to her shameful expulsion from black bourgeois society because of an out-of-wedlock pregnancy, to her working-class status in Philadelphia and Harlem, Mimi eventually decides to escape her miseries by passing for white in New York City. There, her success exceeds her expectations but even so cannot quell a recurrent yearning.

 

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Contents

Section 1
9
Section 2
19
Section 3
42
Section 4
47
Section 5
61
Section 6
77
Section 7
91
Section 8
103
Section 14
169
Section 15
184
Section 16
197
Section 17
209
Section 18
223
Section 19
236
Section 20
250
Section 21
262

Section 9
111
Section 10
120
Section 11
133
Section 12
143
Section 13
155
Section 22
274
Section 23
284
Section 24
296
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About the author (1998)

Walter White (1893--1955), a blond-haired, blue-eyed African American, was a native of Atlanta and an adopted New Yorker. His other works are the novel Fire in the Flint and an autobiography, A Man Called White. He was a major figure in the NAACP for more than three decades.

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