Flight Behavior: A Novel

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Harper Collins, Nov 6, 2012 - Fiction - 464 pages
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"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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User Review  - AnnikaBirgitta - LibraryThing

This book was way too boring for me. I would skip pages at a time, and didn't miss much of the story line at all. This book could have been half the pages. Read full review

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User Review  - chavala - LibraryThing

Overall, I really liked this book. It's the story of a young woman who is not quite happy with her life, but is somewhere between resigned to and content with it. But that life is upended by the ... Read full review


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Barbara Kingsolver’s books of fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction are widely translated and have won numerous literary awards. She is the founder of the PEN/Bellwether Prize, and in 2000 was awarded the National Humanities Medal, the country’s highest honor for service through the arts. Prior to her writing career she studied and worked as a biologist. She lives with her husband on a farm in southern Appalachia.

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