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Flight Behavior | by Barbara Kingsolver

Flight Behavior

Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver
(Harper, 2012, 436 pages)

I enjoyed Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver, but I don’t know if I would characterize this novel as suspenseful (see below). I’ve read a few other novels by Kingsolver and would consider her a favorite, but while this book was good it wouldn’t be at the top of my list of her books (Poisonwood Bible). As with most of her work the natural world is a major character and in this story climate change takes center stage.

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.” –Amazon.com

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