Dellarobia Turnbow is a restless farm wife who gave up her own plans when she accidentally became pregnant at 17. Now, after a decade of domestic disharmony on a failing farm, 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. 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.
©2012 Barbara Kingsolver (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers
Marriage and Family Therapist
The writing is pitch perfect. The characters are so well painted. You can hear their voices. They are real - not villains or heroes, but people struggling to do their best, given their live's struggles. As always, Kingsolver weaves these individual perspectives against a backdrop of the social, environmental and political aspects of climate change - allowing us, through fiction to see the potential losses heading our way.
In some ways, this is one of her sadder stories. But she brings hope into the picture as well, and a touch of redemption too.
Normally, I'm wary when an author reads their own work, but she did an amazing job bringing her story and characters to life.
Ultimately, a very satisfying listen!
Engaging, Enticing, Entertaining
Preston, a sweet child. I loved the Christmas watch. And the protagonist, who shown saintly restraint with Hester.
Barbara's voice was perfect for the Appalachian region of the setting. Of course, she knew what she wanted to convey and she is an excellent reader.
Yes, but that was impossible for me.I could not wait to get back to it at the end of the day.
Lovers of Barbara's earlier fiction will find this story more in the vein of Prodigal Summer and even Poisonwood Bible. I think Barbara is a solid writer with an engaging way with language, but I think she may want to consider a pen name for her more esoteric works like Lacuna.
Unexpected depth of characters, amazing science woven in, typical Kingsolver magic! The author's reading of her own work is impeccable. She voices the soul of her characters.
I have enjoyed each of Barbara Kingsolver's novels. I usually read them in book form. This is the first that I listened to via audible. When I listen to books from my favorite authors, I usually don't enjoy them as much as when I read them. In this case, I absolutely enjoyed listening to the book. I listen during my one hour commute each way to and from work. I couldn't wait for the next car ride to continue Flight Behavior.
In the end where she was explaining to her children she would be moving out.
Avid Audible Fan, Outdoor Enthusiast, Love Historical Fiction Novels, have always loved books
global warming novel
I haven't ready anything else similar to this book
I loved Dellarobia. I liked watching her grow and expand during the novel.
The pivotal moment when Dellarobia first saw the butterflies.
One of my favorite writers; she has such an amazing way with words
Absolutely. Barbara Kingsolver's book is an eyeopener. A wonderful story with detail, observation and insight. A cast of characters thrown together because of a beautiful, yet foreboding aberration of nature. As you move through the story with Dellarobia, you see her understanding of her life and the world shift.
I love the way the story is written; the way the sentences are put together is like poetry. The observations and descriptions are startling. She goes from capturing the day to day life of a mother with young children to describing the work of a field biologist seamlessly.
At first, I felt frustrated by the pace of the reading, but after a while, I enjoyed the way she read each sentence in a way that lets you really appreciate the her style of writing. I also like how her accent gives the book a sense of place; not only does the dialog sound Southern, but the descriptions do as well.
A couple of them: When she is in the dollar store with her husband trying to find something they can afford for their kids and with Hester in the car near the end of the book. Also, when she realizes the idea that the butterflies are more than a collection of individuals, they are an entire species, dependent on each other. They can't be saved one at a time.
It is hard to move on to another book after this one. I felt the same way about Poisonwood Bible. Even after listening to this, I am planning to buy the book so I can reread it and keep it.
I have always enjoyed Barbara Kingsolver. This book is an enjoyable story- but even more, it is a chilling forecast of what is happening on our earth, as species begin to flag with all the implications of our global warming and pollution. Thanks, Barbara, for the work you are dong to painlessly educate us about the mess we're in.
life is complicated
Another masterwork from Barbara Kingsolver. If you enjoyed Poisonwood Bible, I think you will enjoy this, albeit considerably shorter, work.
I am a lifelong lover of books. I got my degree in English & worked in the publishing business for many years. Now I work with wildlife.
I hate to admit that I've never read a Barbara Kingsolver book before, but this was my first. Of course, I know of her, and her fine reputation, and what drew me to this book was when I read a review of it and discovered it was about Monarch butterflies. I had the privilege of seeing the Monarchs at one of their wintering places in California and it was a very special, almost magical experience. The book did not disappoint at all. I really loved it, and learned more about the Monarchs. I thought Kingsolver did an excellent job of narrating the books as well - not always easy for an author to pull off. It won't be the last Kingsolver book I read.
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