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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 ...Show synopsis"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.Hide synopsis
Flight Behavior (Harper) – Hardcover (2012)
Hardcover, Harper 2012
ISBN: 0062124269 ISBN-13: 9780062124265
Flight Behavior transfixes from its opening scene, when a young woman's narrow experience of life is thrown wide with the force of a raging fire. In the lyrical language of her native Appalachia, Barbara Kingsolver bares the rich, tarnished humanity of her novel's inhabitants and unearths the modern complexities of rural existence. Characters and reader alike are quickly carried beyond familiar territory here, into the unsettled ground of science, faith, and everyday truces between reason and conviction. Dellarobia Turnbow ...Show moreFlight Behavior transfixes from its opening scene, when a young woman's narrow experience of life is thrown wide with the force of a raging fire. In the lyrical language of her native Appalachia, Barbara Kingsolver bares the rich, tarnished humanity of her novel's inhabitants and unearths the modern complexities of rural existence. Characters and reader alike are quickly carried beyond familiar territory here, into the unsettled ground of science, faith, and everyday truces between reason and conviction. Dellarobia Turnbow is a restless farm wife who gave up her own plans when she accidentally became pregnant at seventeen. Now, after a decade of domestic disharmony on a failing farm, she has settled for permanent disappointment but seeks momentary escape through an obsessive flirtation with a younger man. As she hikes up a mountain road behind her house to a secret tryst, she encounters a shocking sight: a silent, forested valley filled with what looks like a lake of fire. She can only understand it as a cautionary miracle, but it sparks a raft of other explanations from scientists, religious leaders, and the media. The bewildering emergency draws rural farmers into unexpected acquaintance with urbane journalists, opportunists, sightseers, and a striking biologist with his own stake in the outcome. As the community lines up to judge the woman and her miracle, Dellarobia confronts her family, her church, her town, and a larger world, in a flight toward truth that could undo all she has ever believed. Flight Behavior takes on one of the most contentious subjects of our time: climate change. With a deft and versatile empathy Kingsolver dissects the motives that drive denial and belief in a precarious world.Hide
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I loved Flight behaviour (Faber & Faber) by Barbara Kingsolver, a novel about climate change and farm wife Dellarobia?s separation from her husband in America?s Deep South Bible belt.
There are parallels all the way through between her story and that of the monarch butterflies whose migration patterns ...
Beautifully written portrayal of this region of the country and the people who live there. Intimate, intriguing, mysterious and very well researched.
Characters thoughtfully and respectfully portrayed. Through out all of it she makes this aspect of global warming understandable as a possibility. I ...
In her latest novel Kingsolver delves slightly into the world of science fiction. No matter. Her depiction of Appalachia and the folks who inhabit this part of our country are spot on. Great plot line and a thoroughly enjoyable read.
Kingsolver has a gift with putting the mundane things of daily life into her form of language that is actually how many people think. It is amazing to read the way she does this all through the book. The content doesn't compel you to read as much as her gift with handling language. It is, however ...
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