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Flight Behavior

A Novel

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"Kingsolver is a gifted magician of words."
—Time

The extraordinary New York Times bestselling author of The Lacuna (winner of the Orange Prize), The Poisonwood Bible (nominated for the Pulitzer Prize), and Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, Barbara Kingsolver returns with a truly stunning and unforgettable work. Flight Behavior is a brilliant and suspenseful novel set in present day Appalachia; a breathtaking parable of catastrophe and denial that explores how the complexities we inevitably encounter in life lead us to believe in our particular chosen truths. Kingsolver's riveting story concerns a young wife and mother on a failing farm in rural Tennessee who experiences something she cannot explain, and how her discovery energizes various competing factions—religious leaders, climate scientists, environmentalists, politicians—trapping her in the center of the conflict and ultimately opening up her world. Flight Behavior is arguably Kingsolver's must thrilling and accessible novel to date, and like so many other of her acclaimed works, represents contemporary American fiction at its finest.

From Publishers Weekly

Jul 23, 2012 – With her powerful new novel, Kingsolver (The Lacuna) delivers literary fiction that conveys an urgent social message. Set in a rural Tennessee that has endured unseasonal rain, the plot explores the effects of a bizarre biological event on a Bible Belt community. The sight that young wife and mother Dellarobia Turnbow comes upon millions of monarch butterflies glowing like a lake of fire in a sheep pasture owned by her in-laws is immediately branded a miracle, and promises a lucrative tourist season for the financially beleaguered Turnbows. But the arrival of a research team led by sexy scientist Ovid Byron reveals the troubling truth behind the butterflies presence: they ve been driven by pollution from their usual Mexican winter grounds and now face extinction due to northern hemisphere temperatures. Equally threatening is the fact that her father-in-law, Bear, has sold the land to loggers. Already restless in her marriage to the passive Cub, for whom she gave up college when she became pregnant at 17, unsophisticated, cigarette-addicted Dellarobia takes a mammoth leap when she starts working with the research team. As her horizons expand, she faces a choice between the status quo and, perhaps, personal fulfillment. Spunky Dellarobia is immensely appealing; the caustic view she holds of her husband, in-laws, and neighbors, the self-deprecating repartee she has with her best friend Dovey, and her views about the tedium of motherhood combined with a loving but clear-eyed appraisal of her own children invest the narrative with authenticity and sparkling humor. Kingsolver also animates and never judges the uneducated, superstitious, religiously devout residents of Feathertown. As Dellarobia flees into a belated coming-of-age, which becomes the ironic outcome of the Monarchs flight path to possible catastrophe in the collapse of a continental ecosystem, the dramatic saga becomes a clarion call about climate change, too lucid and vivid for even skeptics to ignore. 8-city author tour. One-day laydown.

Customer Reviews

Flight Behavior

Barbara Kingsolver starts off strong in this book. She constructs an interesting story with good people. The novel is up todate and full of modern references. The story lines are easy to follow, maybe a little too simple. There is no strong ending as with the problems presented in the book have no answers, and there the reader is left hanging. When I read a book of fiction I want an ending! A novel is a make believe story, make an ending, for Pete's sake!

Good Read

An uncomfortable truth is the background for this work of fiction. We don't know how the story ends, but we have an idea. Thought provoking; almost couldn't put it down.

Moving and thoughtful

Kingsolver combines a plea about global warming with a thoughtful portrait of a community for whom scientists and environmentalists are an entirely foreign species.

Flight Behavior
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Literary
  • Published: Nov 06, 2012
  • Publisher: Harper
  • Seller: HarperCollins
  • Print Length: 464 Pages
  • Language: English
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