"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 ...Read More"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.Read Less
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I did not like this book at all, in fact I could not finish it. Very unrealistic and with really no point. I did like the Poisonwood Bible very much and I wonder what has happened to this author, as I could not finish another book of hers---forgot even the name. In any event will not be reading her again
Dec 1, 2013
Weather is the Lord's business
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 have been altered by climate change. Dellarobia ?abides captivity? with her husband Cub, whose farming family don?t believe in climate change (?weather is the Lord?s business?) and plan to log the mountainside to pay off a loan. The migrating butterflies are said to be in ?diapause? which means ?shutting down their sex drive until further notice?like marriage?; and a tree that fell over in the endless autumn rain ?like herself, ? just seemed to have come loose from its station in life?.
The scientist who comes to study the butterflies relieves Dellarobia of ?a lifetime of illusions?Noah?s Ark and better days ahead?.
Nov 21, 2013
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 loved the book!
Sep 7, 2013
Another Winner by Kingsolver
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.
Feb 22, 2013
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, a good read.
Publishers Weekly, 2012-07-23 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. (Nov. 5) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Publishers Weekly, 2013-02-25 Dellarobia Turnbow is an Appalachian farm wife trapped in a loveless marriage. Her life changes when, inexplicably, thousands of orange monarch butterflies descend on the family's woodland. Some townspeople see it as a sign from God; others take advantage of the phenomenon to make money when it becomes a tourist attraction. But the arrival of a butterfly scientist opens Dellarobia's eyes to the frightening implications of climate change-and, at the same time, gives her the courage to escape the confines of her own life. Kingsolver proves an excellent reader of her own work, perfectly conveying both Dellarobia's gossipy, accented smalltown neighbors and the distinctive Jamaican accent of intellectual Ovid, the butterfly scientist. Perhaps most impressive is her narration of Ovid's explanations of the phenomenon: descriptions of monarch butterfly migration patterns and the impact of climate change could have been dry, but Kingsolver's voice is full of the character's passion, which keeps listeners engaged. The author also ably conveys Dellarobia's yearnings and her struggle to deal with the conflict between her home life and her dreams. This is a beautifully realized audio version of a compelling and fascinating novel. A Harper hardcover. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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