Written between 1937 and 1954, these fourteen short stories are a potent distillation of the genius of Ralph Ellison. Seven of them remained unpublished during Ellison’s lifetime and one, A Storm of Blizzard Proportions is now included in Flying Home for the first time. But they all bear the hallmarks that Ellison would bring to his classic Invisible Man – the thematic reach, musically layered voices, and sheer ebullience.
The tales in Flying Home range in setting from the Jim Crow South to a Harlem bingo parlor, from the hobo jungles of the Great Depression to Wales during the Second World War. By turns lyrical, scathing, touching, and transcendently wise, Flying Home and Other Stories is a historic volume, an extravagant last bequest from a giant of twentieth century literature.