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Flight Behavior

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Set in a small town in Tennessee, about a young woman who happens upon a forested valley filled with silent red fire, and whose attempt to share the wonder and find an explanation throws her into a spiraling confrontation with her family, her church, her town, her continent, and finally the world at large.
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Published November 6th 2012 by HarperAudio (first published November 1st 2012)
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Eithne Carter I liked the balance, but I'm an environmental scientist. I can imagine that the detail in the book might be a stretch for anyone who isn't familiar…moreI liked the balance, but I'm an environmental scientist. I can imagine that the detail in the book might be a stretch for anyone who isn't familiar with the scientific terminology.

I'm wondering if this book raised anyone's concerns about climate change? Or do Barbara Kingsolver's readers already have that kind of environmental awareness? (Maybe I should pose this as a separate question on this forum?)(less)
Too Fond of Books Depends on your definition of science fiction. When I think of science fiction, books about space or time travel or future dystopian societies come to…moreDepends on your definition of science fiction. When I think of science fiction, books about space or time travel or future dystopian societies come to mind. Science is an important focus of this story, although not the only one, and the plot involves a scientific event that hasn't actually happened. But I think Kingsolver was trying to be as realistic as possible and send a warning about climate change. In the author's note, she says that she constructed her novel "within a plausible biological framework" and that although the relocation of the butterflies to Appalachia is fiction, "the rest of the biological story...is unfortunately true." (less)
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Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
I love Barbara Kingsolver. All of her books automatically go on my to-read list, because she's brilliant. One of the things I love about her is how unique her books are from one another. She writes different kind of characters in disparate environments and focuses on varying themes. I find it so impressive when authors can reinvent themselves so often. Flight Behavior is my fourth Kingsolver book. Unfortunately, unlike the others, this one failed to meet my expectations.

My first Kingsolver read
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Will Byrnes
In 2004 Barbara Kingsolver moved from Tucson, where she had lived since 1978, to southern Appalachia. This marked a return to her roots, migrating back to an ancestral place, like the butterflies in her latest novel, Flight Behavior might once have done. She must feel right at home there as she has written a wonderful book set in the fictional Appalachian town of Feathertown, Tennessee. The flight of the title refers not only to the arrival of hordes of butterflies, but flights of various sorts ...more
Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
Redneck environmentalism. Now there's a contradiction in terms.
Kingsolver's writing is up to its usual high standards, and her character development is outstanding. She just tried to stuff way too many things into one sausage casing. The result is something tough to chew, sometimes bland, and slow to digest.

In this novel, BK was fixated on long conversations while the characters are shopping. There was one with Cub and Dellarobia in the dollar store, and another with Dovey and Dellarobia in th
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Jill
Jun 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Barbara Kingsolver is one of those rare writers with whom you know what you are getting before you open the first page.

You know, for example, that the prose is going to be literary, dense, and luscious (take this descriptive line: Summer’s heat had never really arrived, nor the cold in turn, and everything living now seemed to yearn for sun with the anguish of the unloved.”) You know that the content will focus on some kind of social justice, biodiversity, or environmental issue. You know, too,
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Laura
The author has a real point to make here: global warming is bad, logging is bad, they're killing the monarch butterfly population and Attention Must Be Paid. That message is interwoven with the story of Dellarobia Turnbow, a poor farmer's wife who used to have dreams of college and something better.

Dellarobia married Cub at 17, pregnant with his child. She miscarried, and rather than leave Cub and continue with her plans for college she stays, eventually having Preston and Cordelia. One day, thi
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Amy Warrick
Yes, Ms. Kingsolver knows her way around a pretty turn of phrase.

In this book, however, she uses her pretty language to dress up an unlikeable bitch and then she harangues us - on and on - about global warming, the sins of buying shoddy goods made overseas, the shameful state of rural education, hmmm, did I miss anything? People make SPEECHES in this book, as if it were conversation.

And then she has the less-bitchy friend of the bitch woman throw in old chestnuts from church bulletin boards,
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Janet
Jul 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I adored this book. I drank it in slowly, trying to make the story last, and as a result I ended up becoming very involved in Dellarobia's life, loving her children and newfound passions while also feeling frustrated and stuck by aspects of her situation. This book is about global warming without really being all about global warming. Somehow Kingsolver, a biologist herself, has woven the frightening and undeniable crisis of global warming into a beautiful coming-of-age story about a woman whose ...more
Saleh MoonWalker
Onvan : Flight Behavior - Nevisande : Barbara Kingsolver - ISBN : 62124269 - ISBN13 : 9780062124265 - Dar 436 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 2012
Anne
Sep 07, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, 2012
A very difficult book to rate. I almost gave up on it, but became engaged around page 100. Though not completely engaged. It's just not that interesting, though some of the writing is very good. Not Kingsolver's best. 3 1/2 stars.
switterbug (Betsey)
When I first heard the title to Barbara Kingsolver’s seventh novel, I thought of airplanes. Such is the orientation of the 21st century. Well, prepare to step into the rural, economically depressed farming and sheepherding town of Feathertown, Tennessee, where the shepherds flock on Sundays to commune with Pastor Bobby Ogle, their beloved and kind preacher and spiritual leader. This is the kind of repressed, technologically challenged community who believes that weather is determined by God, not ...more
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Barbara Kingsolver is an American novelist, essayist, and poet. She was raised in rural Kentucky and lived briefly in Africa in her early childhood. Kingsolver earned degrees in Biology at DePauw University and the University of Arizona and worked as a freelance writer before she began writing novels. Her most famous works include The Poisonwood Bible, the tale of a missionary family in the Congo, ...more
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