With the warm embrace of New Orleans behind her, Mimi Daquin, a young, fair-skinned African American woman, moves to Atlanta with her father and stepmother. There, for the first time, Mimi is awakened both to the reality of racism in America and the relative privilege that her fair skin affords her. Amid segregation, racial tension, and escalating violence, Mimi chooses to pass as white—but that choice has costs of its own. And as she travels from Atlanta to Philadelphia to Harlem in search of a place to belong, her sense of self begins to break down. In the end, she will have to make a decision about what she really values, and whom she wants to be.
Published at the dawn of the Harlem Renaissance, Flight is a powerful meditation on identity, community, and self-acceptance.
Revised edition: Previously published as Flight, this edition of Flight (AmazonClassics Edition) includes editorial revisions.