Having abandoned her dreams when she unintentionally became impregnated at seventeen years old, Dellarobia Turnbow is continuously restless in her life of domesticity on a failing farm.
Now, all that banal living may become much more exciting than what Dellarobia is ready for when she suddenly stumbles upon a scene that shocks her: a wooded valley full of what appears to be a fiery lake.
Her mind cannot grasp this phenomenon outside of a cautionary miracle, but soon she is flooded by a host of explanations from the media, scientists, and religious leaders.
As her community besets her in judgment, Dellarobia must confront her beliefs, and the people of the world, to find the truth.
With dexterity and empathy, author Kingsolver dissects one of the most contentious subjects of our time: climate change and the beliefs and denials that perpetuate its conflict.
Barbara Kingsolver was born in 1955 and was raised in both Kentucky and the former Republic of Congo. She was a freelance writer before becoming a novelist. Her work is well known for advocating social change, and it covers topics such as biodiversity, social justice, and the landscape of human and environmental interaction. Her degrees are in ecology and evolutionary biology, which inspired her science writing career. Shortly after winning a story contest in a local paper, she began to write more fiction. Her novel The Poisonwood Bible was shortlisted for the Pulitzer Prize, and each of her novels since 1993 has been on the New York Times best seller list.
Behavior transfixes from its
opening scene, when a young woman’s narrow experience of life is thrown wide open
with the force of a raging fire. In the lyrical language of her native
Appalachia, Barbara Kingsolver bares the rich, tarnished humanity of her novel’s
inhabitants and unearths the modern complexities of rural existence. Characters
and listeners alike are quickly carried beyond familiar territory here, into
the unsettled ground of science, faith, and everyday truces between reason and conviction.
Turnbow is a restless farm wife who gave up her own plans when she accidentally
became pregnant at seventeen. Now, after a decade of domestic disharmony on a
failing farm, she encounters a shocking sight: a silent, forested valley filled
with what looks like a lake of fire. She can only understand it as a cautionary
miracle, but it sparks a raft of other explanations from scientists, religious
leaders, and the media. As the community lines up to judge the woman and her
miracle, Dellarobia confronts her family, her church, her town, and a larger
world in a flight toward truth that could undo all she has ever believed.
Flight Behavior takes on one of the most contentious subjects
of our time: climate change. With a deft and versatile empathy, Kingsolver
dissects the motives that drive denial and belief in a precarious world.
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