Flight Behaviour by Barbara KingsolverFlight Behaviour by Barbara Kingsolver

Flight Behaviour

byBarbara Kingsolver

Hardcover | November 6, 2012

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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.

Barbara Kingsolver's work has been translated into more than twenty languages and has earned a devoted readership at home and abroad.In 2000 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...
Title:Flight BehaviourFormat:HardcoverDimensions:400 pages, 9.41 × 7.24 × 1 inPublished:November 6, 2012Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Flight Behavior In some ways, Flight Behavior is familiar territory for Kingsolver -- a spunky, intelligent, undereducated young woman from the Appalachias; an environmental and/or social justice crisis; a knowledgeable, attractive, yet unavailable and unattainable man who opens up said young woman's view of the world. Much as I loved The Bean Trees (which is a lot), parts of this book felt like a retread. That said, the concept of the novel, being one of the first to deal directly with global warming and the devastating effects that happen, is striking in its (pardon) novelty. Kingsolver manages to achieve a delicate balance -- it's clear she wants to educate the reader, but coming off as preachy would doom the book. She does a careful job of illustrating the reasons that people would refuse to believe what is, in this case, right in front of their eyes, as well as sharply critiquing those who would write off the undereducated and disadvantaged populace. She doesn't offer easy answers, because there are none. Much as Dellarobia is a wonderful character, I found it tough to believe that she would somehow end up so much more progressive than her counterparts -- she may be intelligent, but she's not better educated or more experienced than anyone else she knows, and so her comparative progressiveness comes off a bit jarring. Some humbling scenes give her a bit more realistic humanity. On the whole, while I don't think this is one of her strongest works (The Bean Trees and The Poisonwood Bible are still tops), it's a solid read that I wouldn't hesitate to recommend.
Date published: 2013-03-13

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“Wondrous. . . . Readers who have waited years for another novel by this beloved American author will devour this one.”


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“A lavishly gifted writer.”