Flight Behavior

Flight Behavior

A Novel

Book - 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.--publisher.
Publisher: New York : Harper, c2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780062124265
0062124269
Characteristics: 436 p. ; 24 cm.

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katheryngraham
Oct 14, 2016

Requesting for 1st Tuesday book group for Nov 22nd

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katheryngraham
Oct 14, 2016

Requesting to check out for 1st Tuesday book group for November 22nd

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harrissusanc
Jul 28, 2016

Everyone lives their everyday lives in family and community until the butterflies arrive, bring scientists and compel the folks to reconcile science, God and nature. I liked the main character who discovers she is out of her element in her home like the butterflies on the Southern hillside.

patcumming Jul 15, 2016

Exquisite language, compelling story. Grabbed me from the first sentence.

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TheresaAJ
Jun 20, 2016

Kingsolver approaches the issue of global warning through monarch butterflies. When the colony lands in the Tennessee mountains because of a natural disaster in their Mexican wintering home, more than one life is affected. Dellarobia is the first to encounter the phenomenon when she is on her way to start an affair with a telephone repairman. The sight of this "lake of fire" forces her to return to her husband and two children before the meeting. As the news media, scientists, eco-tourists, and others invade this small Appalachian community, Dellarobia is forced to confront her past and change her future. Kingsolver is very skilled at exploring the very different lives that suddenly meet because of the butterflies. This book is the June 2016 selection of the Willa Cather Book Club.

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Jan 02, 2016

It has been awhile since I read a Kingsolver. Very interesting book discussing personal growth as well as climate change and species at risk without being 'preachy' about it all. Characters are interesting, absorbing and easily identified with. A compelling read, as well as providing some general information.

MIKIE7 Dec 30, 2015

Simply put: outstanding. An engaging story built on the lives of authentic people. This novel presents a thoughtful multilevel societal commentary grounded in prose so rich that I found myself rereading passages just to "feel" them again.

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Francie729
Aug 15, 2015

Barbara Kingsolver can do no wrong. Her books are consistently great and her characters consistently compelling. Each time I read one of her novels I feel that my world is opened and my life is altered. Flight Behavior is an excellent example of her capacity to write about themes/issues that are dark, frightening, disturbing (and important!), but always leave the reader with a sense of hope.

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sayle
Jun 27, 2015

This is not a book for those who prefer their fiction to be heavy on plot and action, but it’s likely to be a treat for readers who enjoy beautiful language, rich characterization, and pitch-perfect observations about everything from marriage and parenthood to social class and battles related to climate change.

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Wong_Anne
Jun 09, 2015

I liked this book - didn't love it. If written by another author it would have been great, but for Ms Kingsolver it was only 'good'. The arrival of the butterflies heralds a change - for individuals, the community, scientists, the environment . . .
Alas, the characters seem too predictable and the story struggled.

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