Part of me wants to say that Flight isn't Alexie's best work in a literary sense. His 1993 book, Lone Ranger and Tonto Fist Fight in Heaven, remains in my mind, better. But Flight was useful and freeing for me in a couple of different ways that Alexie's other works have not been---
1. Flight made me realize that writing doesn't have to be so fucking complex in order to be good.
2. As a person who loves to cart around a boat-load of white, middle-class, American guilt, this novel was liberating.