Sex, contraband cats, loneliness and love all come together at Eldernest Assisted Living Lodge in a whimsical and fun book by Canadian and fellow Dixi Books author, Joy Norstrom.

Told mainly through the voice of lonely millennial Chad McEwan, Flying the Nest shatters stereotypical ideas that life ends when we get older as watch Chad keeping his uncle supplied with condoms while navigating his way through his own sometimes, pointless existence. Norstrom uses entertainment to question common assumptions about racism, homophobia, grief, sexuality, and the ageing process.

This was a well-paced, easy to read novel, perfect for escaping in to a charming story world with appeal for both older and younger adult readers. I found myself laughing out loud and putting the book down with a smile on my face.

Flying the Nest is a fun and enjoyable read – a perfect book for spending a day on the couch with or saving for the holidays.


Lonely millennial Chad MacEwan can’t seem to get it together. While his boomer Uncle Martin sails through his twilight years with a full social calendar, Chad’s weekly highpoint is dutifully visiting Martin at the Eldernest Assisted Living Lodge. Maybe his uncle’s magnetism and way with the ladies will rub off on him, or perhaps Chad will one day gain enough courage to strike up conversation with the woman who works in the cafeteria.

It’s not only Chad who struggles with loneliness and self-doubt; the Eldernest is teeming with residents searching for belonging. There’s the animal lover who owes her spot at the affluent Eldernest to a government subsidy, and the resident who finds himself back in the closet due to the close-minded confines of communal living. Then there’s the love triangle with Martin firmly ensconced in the centre position. Or is he really?

As Chad becomes further entangled in the lives of Eldernest residents and staff, each person must decide how much to risk in their pursuit of companionship and connection. Joy Norstrom’s Flying the Nest is a heartfelt examination of our assumptions on aging and sexuality, the strength of family, and the enduring power of community.  

Title: Flying the Nest

Author: Joy Norstrom

ISBN: 978-1-913680-05-3

Publishing Date:  November 2020

Price: £ 13.99