Flight Behavior (Prebound)

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Flight Behavior, Barbara Kingsolver's latest novel, delivers readers into a world where orange-black flakes of Monarch butterflies cover every tree with "trembling flame," and where the air itself "glows golden" whenever they take flight. It is a world where Appalachian culture itself shines so brightly it makes putting down the book to get back to "the real world" nearly impossible. Kingsolver's characters, too, are real and alive, filled with delightful surprises as they grow and change-and as readers change with them. I fell in love with them and the world they inhabit, and kept them with me long after the novel ended. And, as a writer, I was astounded at how much I learned, at how much Kingsolver could teach about the world and people in it while at the same time taking my breath away and bringing me to tears. Flight Behavior is a stunning novel. Readers shouldn't miss it.

— Susan Lang

November 2012 Indie Next List


“Dellarobia Turnbow, who is ready to run away from her unsatisfactory life on a Tennessee farm, comes across a river of flame on the mountain behind her home: millions of Monarch butterflies. The insects, wintering in Appalachia instead of their traditional Mexican grounds, open Dellarobia's circumscribed life, slowly drawing her out into the wider world. Kingsolver's precise prose, deep characters, and provocative questions -- evidence versus faith, duty versus choice, facts versus perception -- will resonate with readers as they contemplate the real world and its global changes.”
— Erica Caldwell, Present Tense, Batavia, NY

Product Details
ISBN: 9780606317764
ISBN-10: 0606317767
Publisher: Turtleback Books
Publication Date: June 4th, 2013
Pages: 433
Language: English