The Memory of Flight by Debra Bowling 



Marilyn’s quiet, mysterious beauty belies the turmoil inside her head. In 1962, after her alcoholic husband becomes increasingly violent, she attempts to jump off the bridge in Guntersville, Alabama. Six months later, she moves with her children to her parents’ farm to escape her marriage and to quiet the voices growing louder inside her head. But soon her makeshift house becomes both retreat and prison when hostile feelings begin to erupt from past family conflicts and her husband’s recurring visits. At six years old, Marilyn’s daughter Ginny is close to her father and puzzled by her mother’s cold, harsh behavior. She seeks comfort in her grandmother’s company and the discovery of her father’s old Brownie camera. As Marilyn’s mental health declines, Ginny becomes increasingly obsessed with photography and the solace it provides her in a world that seems determined to isolate and ostracize her. After high school, Ginny leaves for college with the belief that she is breaking free from her difficult childhood and starting her own life. But her obsession for shooting photographs of people in moments of raw emotion ultimately leads her to expose details of a murder as Marilyn faces a new crisis that throws both of their lives out of control. The Memory of Flight is about finding a way forward with a broken spirit while learning to unearth and face great loss and pain. It is about remembering the earlier flights, healing the wounds of the past, and learning how to soar once more.


Ginny is raised in a tough home. An abusive father and a mentally ill mother lead her to take refuge in an old brownie camera. The  photographs she takes guide her on a path of healing then takes her down a different road of murder. 

The characters and the story kept me reading till the end. There were even places I gasped because of a turn in the story.  It was the middle with the most trouble. 

This novel started off with a bang. I was hooked. Then, it trailed off. I actually started skim in in the middle. There is a good bit of useless information, but, not a bad read at all!! 

I received this novel from Netgalley for an honest review 


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I am an avid reader and paper crafter. I am a mom of 2 children, 5 dogs and 1 cat. I am a huge St. Louis Cardinals Fan
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