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.
In the reviews, so many people said it’s nothing like The Poisonwood Bible. It’s time to get over this Poisonwood thing, people. It’s an awesome book, but you can’t expect an author to rewrite the same book. Kingsolver could write a car manual and I’m sure I’d read it and love it. Flight Behavior, like Prodigal Summer, deals with the environment. Instead of ecology as a science, Flight Behavior confronts ecology as a political movement. However, Kingsolver wasn’t afraid to include issues of faith, miracles and what nature means to each of us.
Twenty-seven year old Dellarobia Turnbow is on her way to cheat on her husband instead discovers a valley filled with monarch butterflies. Butterflies that are definitely not supposed to be on an Appalachian mountaintop. What happens changes not only Dellarobia’s life, but the lives of the people in her town, the town itself and the wider world.