- HOW TO...
- TOP CLUB PICKS
- BOOK SPOTLIGHT
- AUTHOR CHATS
BKMT READING GUIDES
Flight Behavior: A Novel (P.S.)
by Barbara Kingsolver
Paperback : 464 pages
97 clubs reading this now
0 members told 0 friends about this book.
33 members have read this book
"Kingsolver is a gifted magician of words."
The extraordinary New York Times bestselling author of The Lacuna (winner of the Orange Prize), The Poisonwood Bible (nominated for the Pulitzer Prize), and Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, Barbara Kingsolver returns with a truly stunning and unforgettable work. Flight Behavior is a brilliant and suspenseful novel set in present day Appalachia; a breathtaking parable of catastrophe and denial that explores how the complexities we inevitably encounter in life lead us to believe in our particular chosen truths. Kingsolver's riveting story concerns a young wife and mother on a failing farm in rural Tennessee who experiences something she cannot explain, and how her discovery energizes various competing factions—religious leaders, climate scientists, environmentalists, politicians—trapping her in the center of the conflict and ultimately opening up her world. Flight Behavior is arguably Kingsolver's must thrilling and accessible novel to date, and like so many other of her acclaimed works, represents contemporary American fiction at its finest.
Editorial ReviewAmazon Best Books of the Month, November 2012: In what may be the first novel to realistically imagine the near-term impact of â??global weirding,â?? Barbara Kingsolver sets her latest story in rural Appalachia . In fictional Feathertown, Tennessee, Dellarobia Turnbow--on the run from her stifling life--charges up the mountain above her husbandâ??s family farm and stumbles onto a â??valley of fireâ?? filled with millions of monarch butterflies. This vision is deemed miraculous by the townâ??s parishioners, then the international media. But when Ovid, a scientist who studies monarch behavior, sets up a lab on the Turnbow farm, he learns that the butterfliesâ?? presence signals systemic disorder--and Dellarobia's in-lawsâ?? logging plans wonâ??t help. Readers who bristle at politics made personal may be turned off by the strength of Kingsolverâ??s convictions, but she never reduces her characters to mouthpieces, giving equal weight to climate science and human need, to forces both biological and biblical. Her concept of family encompasses all living beings, however ephemeral, and Flight Behavior gracefully, urgently contributes to the dialogue of survival on this swiftly tilting planet. --Mari Malcolm
ExcerptNo Excerpt Currently Available
Suggested by Members
Book Club Recommendations
Recommended to book clubs by 28 of 30 members.
Join the leading website for book clubs with over 35,000 clubs and 20,000 reading guides.
Get free weekly updates on top club picks, book giveaways, author events and more