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
Love to listen and walk or run and knit, knit knit
I heard her lecture at a Vogue Knitting event and she was superb, so had to try her book. It was an okay listen, but I much preferred the Poisonwood Bible--an all time favorite.
Beautifully written, almost poetic in a down-to-earth way. Kingsolver's main character copes in a loveless marriage and finds herself and her true potential when butterflies and scientists come her way.
It's not predictable and manages to sympathetically handle the threatening end of a marriage and a species with intelligence, examining them from a number of different angles. I could see all the characters very clearly in my mind while I was reading (listening). The scene with the lamb's birth brought me to tears.
Barbara Kingsolver weaves a story that hooks you in and makes you part of the weft. Her characters are like no one you have ever known and a best friend at the same time.
Kingsolver manages to shed light on the grave possibilities waiting for the world if we don't alter our own behaviors and soon.
This is a beautiful book, one of my favourites. I enjoy the author's narration and don't think she needs an actor to do it. Her style really fit the main character's voice.
The Monarch butterflies have migrated to Feathertown, TN - out of their standard path and way of life. Our main character, Dellarobia Turnbow makes the discovery as she climbs the mountain on her family's land. Married to Cub and mother to two children, she tries to please her mother-in-law and struggles finding happiness in her marriage. Throughout the book, Dellarobia finds sincere interest in the Monarchs, what has happened to cause them to flock to their area, to stand against her Father-in-law's decision to log the mountain, and to find herself in the process.
Kingsolver's writing is thick with description and adjectives. Her way of writing made the focus of the environmental issue intriguing to read and discuss instead of feeling like it was beat over the head.
I think what I liked the most about this book was the church sayings from Dovey: “Honk if you love Jesus, text while driving if you want to meet up.”
And the pointed insight intertwined:
“Mistakes wreck your life. But they make what you have. It's kind of all one. You know what Hester told me when we were working the sheep one time? She said it's no good to complain about your flock, because it's the put-together of all your past choices.”
I have read and adored Barbara Kingsolver's books for decades, but this is this first time I've heard her read her work. That voice! It just rings so true and takes me straight back to my Georgia childhood. Thank you, Barbara Kingsolver, for this marvelous and wise book, for your authentic voice, for steering clear of the easy southern cliches, for this trip home.
A day spent without learning something is a day wasted.
Really a chore to get through. Instead of what I believe was meant to be an uplifting fable, this novel made me despair for the uneducated, willfully ignorant masses. The climax was predictable from the onset, further enforcing my opinion that I should not have bothered to finish reading. I expect better from this author.
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