Flight Behavior

Paperback | June 4, 2013

byBarbara Kingsolver

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Set in the present day in the rural community of Feathertown, Tennessee, Flight Behavior tells the story of Dellarobia Turnbow, a petite, razor-sharp 29-year-old who nurtured worldly ambitions before becoming pregnant and marrying at seventeen. Now, after more than a decade of tending to small children on a failing farm, oppressed by poverty, isolation and her husband''s antagonistic family, she has mitigated her boredom by surrendering to an obsessive flirtation with a handsome younger man.

In the opening scene, Dellarobia is headed for a secluded mountain cabin to meet this man and initiate what she expects will be a self-destructive affair. But the tryst never happens. Instead, she walks into something on the mountainside she cannot explain or understand: a forested valley filled with silent red fire that appears to her a miracle.

After years lived entirely in the confines of one small house, Dellarobia finds her path suddenly opening out, chapter by chapter, into blunt and confrontational engagement with her family, her church, her town, her continent, and finally the world at large.

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Set in the present day in the rural community of Feathertown, Tennessee, Flight Behavior tells the story of Dellarobia Turnbow, a petite, razor-sharp 29-year-old who nurtured worldly ambitions before becoming pregnant and marrying at seventeen. Now, after more than a decade of tending to small children on a failing farm, oppressed by poverty, isolation and her husband's antagonistic family, she ha...

Barbara Kingsolver's work has been translated into more than twenty languages and has earned a devoted readership at home and abroad. She was awarded the National Humanities Medal, our country's highest honor for service through the arts. She received the 2011 Dayton Literary Peace Prize for the body of her work, and in 2010 won Britain's Orange Prize forThe Lacuna. Before she made her living as a writer, Kingsolver ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:464 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 1 inPublished:June 4, 2013Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1443413003

ISBN - 13:9781443413008

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Very Interesting....but was about 100 pages too long! Dynamic storyline, excellent characters and beautifully written. However, it went on....and on...and on... Truly a wonderful book and I'd recommend reading it, but the author could have chopped out at least 100 pages. It got to be "a little much". Give it a whirl anyhow. Certainly thought provoking.
Date published: 2015-05-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Tensions in Tennessee In Flight Behaviour, Kingsolver challenges us to look at our assumptions about ourselves and each other. Her characters struggle with larger than life environmental issues and the personal challenges of relationship. Set in Appalachian Tennessee, the characters confront issues of class and race. If you liked Prodigal Summer, you'll enjoy Kingsolver's latest novel.
Date published: 2014-09-22