Young Adult

Learning to Fly

By Lee Jones

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Young Fee Finneman has a secret. If revealed, her dearest loved ones could end up in prison—or be hailed as national heroes. Or both. But Fee has another secret—a secret buried deep within her subconscious. A secret so sinister that, if surfaced, could hijack her very soul.

In this chilling tale of abuse and abandonment, rebirth and self-discovery, 9-year-old Fee rises from the ashes of an unspeakable tragedy and finds herself alone in the world. She has no living relatives. No one even knows she is alive—except the man who finds her disoriented and confused cowering behind a bush in the remote Texas hill country. With a new lease on life, she is determined to overcome the unimaginable trauma suffered upon her in early childhood. But as she navigates the uncharted waters of adolescence, she loses her focus. Along the way, she encounters many obstacles, not the least of which is her inner struggle to come to terms with her budding sexuality.

Fee will make you laugh; she will make you cry. You will love her one minute and hate her the next. And if you’re not careful, she’ll get under your skin…and into your heart.


Light and dark. Day and night. Take away light and it is forever night.

Lacking sight, the other senses grow more acute.

The body’s way of accommodating.

Touch: Cold. Hard. Rough. A floor. The Devil’s bed.

Taste: Stale. Dry. Rank. The Devil’s feast.

Odor: Urine. Feces. Rodent musk. The Devil’s perfume.

Sound: Incessant gnawing. Squeaks and squeals. The Devil’s symphony.


Distant footsteps...

Tin sliding on unforgiving concrete.

Fragrance of veal. Essence of attar.

“Mommy, is that you?”

About the author

Although a career environmental scientist with a lifelong passion for all things Darwinian, I decided mid-career to test-drive my other passion—writing fiction. Learning to Fly, my first novel, proved far more ambitious and personally rewarding than I could have ever imagined. I live in Belize. view profile

Published on August 13, 2019

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150000 words

Contains explicit content ⚠️

Worked with a Reedsy professional 🏆

Genre: Young adult

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