Flying the Nest

Author: Joy Norstrom

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Lonely millennial Chad MacEwan can’t seem to get it together. While his boomer Uncle Martin sails through his twilight years with a full social calendar, Chad’s weekly highpoint is dutifully visiting Martin at the Eldernest Assisted Living Lodge. Maybe his uncle’s magnetism and way with the ladies will rub off on him, or perhaps Chad will one day gain enough courage to strike up conversation with the woman who works in the cafeteria.
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It’s not only Chad who struggles with loneliness and self-doubt; the Eldernest is teeming with residents searching for belonging. There’s the animal lover who owes her spot at the affluent Eldernest to a government subsidy, and the resident who finds himself back in the closet due to the close-minded confines of communal living. Then there’s the love triangle with Martin firmly ensconced in the centre position. Or is he really?

As Chad becomes further entangled in the lives of Eldernest residents and staff, each person must decide how much to risk in their pursuit of companionship and connection. Joy Norstrom’s Flying the Nest is a heartfelt examination of our assumptions on aging and sexuality, the strength of family, and the enduring power of community.

Pages: 232 pages

Publishing Date: November 2020

Dimensions: 13.5 x 21 cm

Type: Paperback

ISBN: 978-1-913680-05-3

Category: Humorous Fiction

SKU: 978-1-913680-05-3 Category: Tags: , ,
Flying the Nest

£10.49

17 in stock

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Lonely millennial Chad MacEwan can’t seem to get it together. While his boomer Uncle Martin sails through his twilight years with a full social calendar, Chad’s weekly highpoint is dutifully visiting Martin at the Eldernest Assisted Living Lodge. Maybe his uncle’s magnetism and way with the ladies will rub off on him, or perhaps Chad will one day gain enough courage to strike up conversation with the woman who works in the cafeteria.
Read More

It’s not only Chad who struggles with loneliness and self-doubt; the Eldernest is teeming with residents searching for belonging. There’s the animal lover who owes her spot at the affluent Eldernest to a government subsidy, and the resident who finds himself back in the closet due to the close-minded confines of communal living. Then there’s the love triangle with Martin firmly ensconced in the centre position. Or is he really?

As Chad becomes further entangled in the lives of Eldernest residents and staff, each person must decide how much to risk in their pursuit of companionship and connection. Joy Norstrom’s Flying the Nest is a heartfelt examination of our assumptions on aging and sexuality, the strength of family, and the enduring power of community.

SKU: 978-1-913680-05-3 Category: Tags: , ,

Pages: 232 pages

Publishing Date: November 2020

Dimensions: 13.5 x 21 cm

Type: Paperback

ISBN: 978-1-913680-05-3

Category: Humorous Fiction

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Joy Norstrom is a Canadian writer and social worker residing in Treaty 7 territory. She enjoys sharing stories about the human experience, exploring the outdoors with her family, and reading late into the night when she should be asleep.

She has written several works about social issues including the impact of poverty, loss and grief on the individual experience. Her upcoming Dixi Books title, Flying the Nest, explores the universal need for connection and companionship and will be devoured by readers who enjoy quirky characters and insightful stories on relevant societal issues.

Whether Joy is meeting with friends, advocating for a socially just society, or discussing current events and eyeshadow tips with her teenagers, she can generally be found in conversation. Why? She believes human connection and laughter keep her grounded in a muddled world.

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I loved this gentle but multi-faceted story, with a cast of well-rounded characters. The use of Eldernest care home as a central point from which all the storylines emanate works really well. The central love story is a delicious meet cute but the other characters don't fare so well - the complexity of relationships and the politics of living in a group setting are described with respect and a twinkle in the eye. I was so engrossed that I didn't see the ending coming. Highly recommended.

~ Stella Hervey Birrell (Award winning poet and writer. Author of PARENT. WORSHIPPER. CARRION.)

Who could have imagined that life in an old folks’ home could be so lively?

The author’s easy going style makes the book a pleasure to read, and she has clearly done her research as life in the Eldernest facility is portrayed with care and compassion, as well as a subtle sense of humour. The plot moves along at a steady pace, and while there is a genuinely unexpected moment of sadness and loss, protagonist Chad ultimately gets his coveted happy ending.

~ S.C. Farrow (Screen writer and novelist. Author of OPEN WOUNDS and THIS IS NOT A LIE)

This book is a beautiful look at aging and sex, family, and community.  It's a great look at the lives of older adults.

~ Girl Who Reads blog

https://www.girl-who-reads.com/2020/12/new-heartfelt-novel-from-joy-norstrom.html

Joy Norstrom's newest novel, Flying the Nest, gave me all of the feels!

I really loved how much depth Norstrom gave these characters. Too often elderly people in books are viewed as infirm or incapable of “real lives,” but that’s not the case here. From trying to keep control of your life to not giving up on the ideas of sex and companionship, these characters wanted it all, and fought for it.

This was a sometimes-poignant, sometimes-funny book that really hooked me. It’s just one of those good reads that catches you by surprise with all it has to offer.

~ It’s Either Sadness or Bookphoria blog https://itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com/2020/12/book-review-flying-nest-by-joy-norstrom.html

Flying the Nest shatters stereotypical ideas that life ends when we get older as watch Chad keeping his uncle supplied with condoms while navigating his way through his own sometimes, pointless existence. Norstrom uses entertainment to question common assumptions about racism, homophobia, grief, sexuality, and the ageing process.

This was a well-paced, easy to read novel, perfect for escaping in to a charming story world with appeal for both older and younger adult readers.

~ Nadia L. King (Author of THE LOST SMILE, CLAIRE MALONE CHANGES THE WORLD, and JENNA’s TRUTH)

Flying the Nest is a story full of well thought out characters with great depth. It challenges what many think growing old is all about and shows how important family and community can be. I highly recommend it.

~ Shane Kroetsch (author of The Storm Series)

I couldn’t help but wonder if Chad represents a quality in each of us that tends to stereotype and categorize others, seeing them as groups rather than unique. But Chad’s growing friendship with his uncle made his stereotypes crumble and he was able to see the man for the amazing person he was. By the end of the story, the way that Chad looks at life is transformed.

The book took me on a journey that was insightful, emotional and enlightening.

~ Mark Tedesco (author of SHE SEDUCED ME: A LOVE AFFAIR WITH ROME and LESSONS AND BELIEFS: SEARCHING FOR LOVE IN THE GAY WORLD)

This story brought to life a perspective I rarely see, that of elderly people as passionate human beings with feelings and needs. One of the underlying themes of Flying the Nest is acceptance but above all else, this novel demonstrated just how capable elderly people are, and how much respect they deserve.
~ Charise Jewell, author of CRAZY: MEMOIR OF A MOM GONE MAD

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