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Flight Behavior | [Barbara Kingsolver]

Flight Behavior

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.
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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

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    Janet ARLINGTON, TENNESSEE, United States 05-29-15
    Janet ARLINGTON, TENNESSEE, United States 05-29-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Perhaps my favorite book ever."
    What made the experience of listening to Flight Behavior the most enjoyable?

    Barbara Kingsolver is the absolute master of describing ordinary life in the face of extraordinary circumstances. A seemingly freak-of-nature occurrence as told by Kingsolver opens eyes to thoughtful consideration of our world and the delicate balance(s) in which we exist.


    Any additional comments?

    Kingsolver's writing is brilliant, well researched and poignant. For anyone who has not read her previous works including the Poisonwood Bible and a more recent nonfiction account of her family's' experiment in living close to nature go quickly and add them to your library.

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    Amy United States 05-27-15
    Amy United States 05-27-15 Member Since 2010
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    "I could listen to Barbara's all day and I did!"
    If you could sum up Flight Behavior in three words, what would they be?

    A lecture about the environment couched in character development.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The narration is poetic and there were some very sweet moments in the story.


    Any additional comments?

    If you haven't listened to Barbara Kingsolver before then I recommend listening to the Prodigal Summer instead. I may go back and listen to this story again. It left an impression on me but I need to listen again to pin it down.

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    Amy South Carolina 04-14-15
    Amy South Carolina 04-14-15 Member Since 2012

    I'm an artist and an art historian, and a chef, and a dog mom, master crocheter, a mediocre gardener, and a girlfriend, mostly. My favorite authors (in equal amounts of favorite) are Tom Robbins, Jane Austen, J.D. Salinger, and Haruki Murakami.

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    "Beautiful, real, relatable."

    This was a beautiful story, that I just couldn't set down. Being from Appalachia myself, and knowing the struggle the main character felt--grasped my heart. This story will not be forgotten.

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    Laura Malibu CA, United States 04-13-15
    Laura Malibu CA, United States 04-13-15
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    "Beautifully written"

    Barbara Kingsolver is one of my favorite writers. The characters are true and there is science woven through the lives of ordinary people so that I am compelled to do further study. I just wish she would give a professional reader the work. Her voice is fine when she reads female narrative, but the male voices and accents are dreadful and distract from the brilliant prose.

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    A User Chicago, IL, United States 04-12-15
    A User Chicago, IL, United States 04-12-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Great listen"

    Barbara Kingsolver is a wonderful author. Loved her performance also. The story, obviously is fictional. Also, monarch butterflies west of the Rockies migrate to groves on the Central Coast of California not to Mexico. But climate change has definitely affected all monarch butterflies

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    megan thomas 04-09-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing"

    Barbara Kingsolver is an amazing writer and an unforgettable reader. I am so glad I chose this book! I already miss the characters and Ms. Kingsolver's voice. Can not recommend more highly.

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    sandy linthicum 03-18-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Good book, great message!"

    I love the way the author gets out a message through an uplifting fictional story. It is long book and is really slow until the halfway point. Good ending

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    Lara speyer EL CERRITO, CA, US 03-13-15
    Lara speyer EL CERRITO, CA, US 03-13-15
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    "they shoulda stayed together"

    interesting, well written and well read by the author. I enjoyed getting to know Dellarobia and Cub and the rest of the cast of characters against the backdrop of the new found home of the migratory monarch butterfly. Nice and seemingly well researched story of a family and world in transition.

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    Misty 02-17-15
    Misty 02-17-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Awesome!"

    Barbara Kingsolver is a beautiful story teller, but most importantly she makes you think and feel. I loved this book and I'll never forget it.

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    Amazon Customer SIERRA VISTA, AZ, United States 02-11-15
    Amazon Customer SIERRA VISTA, AZ, United States 02-11-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Well Written, But Too Firmly Women's Literature"

    I expected this to be an environmental tale, but it was more firmly the tale of how a small-town woman feels about children, men, family in general, and being "stuck" in a socioeconomic class she has never 100% identified with. Kingsolver spends a huge amount of time rehashing women's issues that have been beaten so hard for so long in Oprah's Book Club that the dead horse is only bones. The actual environmental theme is interesting, somewhat original, well thought out, and apropos. The writing is extremely high quality if you can slog through another explanation of why a woman is bored in her marriage and stuck in it due to bad teen decisions. All male characters are flat and only presented from the myopic perspectives of the semi stereotypical women. That said, the female characters are fairly well developed, if also commonplace. Overall, the book is an OK read, probably best left to women who strongly identify with semi-traditional female emotional perspectives. I'm betting that Flight Behavior was probably on Oprah's list nearly immediately.

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