On the Appalachian Mountains above her home, a young mother discovers a beautiful and terrible marvel of nature. As the world around her is suddenly transformed by a seeming miracle, can the old certainties people have lived by for centuries remain unchallenged? Flight Behaviour is a captivating, topical and deeply human story touching on class, poverty, and climate change. It is Barbara Kingsolver's most accessible novel yet, and explores the truths we live by, and the complexities that lie behind them.
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Barbara Kingsolver is a master storyteller and has written a fine story of one woman's growth and search to find a way out of her stifled life in a small town. As always with her novels there are many layers and you learn something new. Barbara is also an excellent narrator, I always enjoy her voice and characters. Well worth a listen.
As with The Poisonwood Bible, you have to know to expect a certain amount of activism from this author. I was unaware with the first novel, but now that I know, although the dosage was so much higher here, I've been able to quite enjoy it.
Basically it slips pretty quickly into an anti-global-warming manifesto against the backdrop of a small-town marriage. I recognize the various cliches casually dropped now and again along the storyline, yet this is a warm, well-written book that I've quite enjoyed reading.
p.s. Kingsolver is not bad as a reader, either. She seemed way too dreamy for the first part, but then I either got used to it, or grew to think it suited the book - not sure which. That being said, though, I don't think it's a very good idea for authors to read.
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