Flight Behavior

A Novel

Kingsolver, Barbara

Book - 2012
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Flight Behavior
Baker & Taylor
Tired of living on a failing farm and suffering oppressive poverty, bored housewife Dellarobia Turnbow, on the way to meet a potential lover, is detoured by a miraculous event on the Appalachian mountainside that ignites a media and religious firestorm that changes her life forever.


"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.

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Tired of living on a failing farm and suffering oppressive poverty, bored housewife Dellarobia Turnbow, on the way to meet a potential lover, is detoured by a miraculous event on the Appalachian mountainside that ignites a media and religious firestorm that changes her life forever. 500,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Harper, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780062124265
Branch Call Number: FIC K
Characteristics: 436 p. ; 24 cm.


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Jan 08, 2015
  • nelephant rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Five stars!

Excellent read on so many levels. 1. The growth of a young woman with gentle respect for her personhood as well as her emerging environmental conscience..
2. A sad yet somehow comical look at a small town.
3. Science fiction..a story which really could happen, and makes you ponder:" What would I do?"
Barbara Kingsolver always describes beauty in such well crafted words! A vacation for the imagination which left me refreshed and ready to care tenderly for our earth.

Sep 13, 2014
  • nancy12849 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Just not what I expected by the reviews and from Ms. Kingsolver. Very slow - need to push through. Not one I would recommend.

Jul 02, 2014
  • j7swiftlib rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

Poor Babs peaked with Poisonwood Bible. Hard to enjoy this one. It attempts to be smart and funny but ends up a yawner.

Jul 01, 2014
  • uncommonreader rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

There are many reasons to like this book, including its overall theme of climate change and the role of scientists in communicating to the public. However, the story of a working class Appalachian family, while sympathetic, was too predictable.

May 06, 2014

Another great book by Kingsolver. She weaves an important environmental message into an interesting story, using her wonderfully descriptive images.

Jan 26, 2014
  • DanglingConversations rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Kingslover is not a consistently good writer, I have not enjoyed much of her recent work but I did enjoy this book. The symbolism of the breakdown of rural life and protagonists' marriage with the breakdown of environment due to climate change is brilliant. The glimpses into family life, rummaging through the second hand stores or negotiating relations with a crusty mother-in-law are charming. The long diatribes about the reality of climate change put into the mouth of the scientist were unsuitable for an informed audience but perhaps Kingslover knows many of her audience, like Bear and Hester, don't believe in a god who would allow harm to come to those who are truly saved.

Nov 30, 2013

I have read many of Kingsolvers books. The overall story was interesting, but the character development and small details left something to be desired. I look forward to reading more Kingsolver, however, this is not my first recommendation for first-timers.

Nov 29, 2013
  • diggie rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Sometimes clunky but alive and passionate. i think the heart of the novel is a quiet scene about the delicacy of buying second hand clothes in a small town.

Oct 24, 2013

Not my first Kingsolver book and certainly not my last. She has a great gift of character development. This book was
deeply moving and showed not just literally the woman moving from being a young, uneducated mother to an educated engaged community leader but also gave us an insight into the frustration of those deeply involved in saving the environment, which the majority of us don't get and don't care enough about. Great book.

Oct 24, 2013
  • ITC rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

It took a long time to get through it because I kept falling asleep. I didn't need to read a fiction book to know that climate change is affecting the earth. I finished the book because many people gave it a high rating, but it was a yawner.

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