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
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.
Oh, to hear this read in Barbara's own soft Kentucky accent was a treat in itself. And the storytelling kept my interest despite it being a lot more preachy than her other novels. Not her best (Prodigal Summer is still my favorite), but a good read.
Nope, I was already there.
Yes, because her writing is elegant, her metaphors so well-crafted and breathtaking.
Not a thing!
Strong, Interesting, Southern
Kingsolver does a great job of reading her own book, and it is a great one. In one sense the book is about climae change, but is suffused with a great American story of a southern woman in a dead end situation. Kingsolver gets her point across without being preachy.
I loved this story, and the author's narration drew me in right from the start. Each character had a unique voice. It worked for me on so many levels- how the characters developed, the way it addressed climate change.
In some ways I think my favorite character was Hester, the main character's mother in law. Her revelations helped move the Dellarobia along her own path.
Dellarobia's developmental arc kept me rooting for her. Ovid was so alive and vivid.
I was moved by the scene of the birth of the lamb, and felt it gave voice to the unspoken aspects of Cub and Dellarobia's stillbirth- it was as if this let them share their grief.
I loved the way Dellarobia told her son of the upcoming changes in their life?
illuminates the process of widening one's life
All of the passages about Dellarobbia's children are so authentic, believable and sweet.
I have not listened to any of Barbara Kingsolver's books, but I have read them. This one was not as funny and readable as The Bean Trees or Pigs in Heaven, but is wonderful in its own way.
Thoroughly enjoyed listening to this novel. Really love it when the author is narrating.
The scientist would be the most interesting dinner companion.
Sericulturalist and horticulturalist, mad scientist and earth oven baker.
Barara is a time-tested expert who knows her stuff. This is fiction that has the credibility of a scienific journal. Come for the fiction, stay for the truth!
Can't stop listening
As usual, Kingsolver brings characters to life in all their flawed beauty and realism. We feel we know them and even better, understand them. Flight Behavior has a point of view, but not exactly what you might expect and not a simple one. Kingsolver often gives us a complex reality dressed in butterfly wings. The story was original and even the characters struggled to make sense of it. But it is a metaphor for all the changes we face, whether personal or global in nature, how we deal with circumstances when they fall outside what we know. Another beauty and another one that sticks with the reader.
Kingsolver's use of metaphor and beautifully phrased prose.
Dellarobia, the central character, wonders through a second hand store with her best friend and her children. The manner in which Kingsolver describes her discoveries is gorgeous
Authentically southern cadence
It was the only Audible book I've ever listened to twice in a row.
At first, I struggled with Kingsolver's pacing as she narrated, but when my ear adjusted to her cadence, I fell in love with the story.
It is too lovely and too dark and too beautiful and such a home story.
Her descriptions of the children are so full of accurate love.
Margeret Atwood Handmaids Tale. Doris Lessing - Good Terrorist, Fifth Child, The Marriage between Zones (etc)
Gary Snyder in its writing on nature.
Her love of her own language. The book was not acted. It feels like she made it up as she went along just for you as she speaks.
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