Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver
Publication Date: November 2012
Categories: Political, Literary, Contemporary Women
Source: Harper via Edelweiss
Headed to his secluded cabin to consummate their relationship, she instead walks into something on the mountainside she cannot explain or understand: a forested valley filled with silent red fire that appears to Dellarobia to be a miracle. Her discovery is both beautiful and terrible, and elicits divergent reactions from all sides. Religious fundamentalists claim it as a manifestation of God; climate scientists scrutinize it as an element of forthcoming disaster; politicians and environmentalists declaim its lessons; charlatans mine its opportunity; international media construct and deconstruct Dellarobia’s story; and townspeople cope with intrusion and bizarre alterations of custom.
After years lived entirely within the confines of one small house, Dellarobia finds her path suddenly opening out and ultimately leading into blunt and confrontational engagement with her family, her church, her town, her continent, and finally the world at large. Over the course of a single winter, her life will become the property of the planet and, perhaps for the first time, securely her own.
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Flight Behavior offers a fresh view of climate change and the surrounding issues. It’s easy to have grand ideas about how to fix it, but on the ground it’s complicated, confusing and sometimes frightening.
“I think people are afraid to face up to a bad outcome. That’s just human. . . . If fight or flight is the choice, it’s way easier to fly.”
Though science is at the heart of this novel it is written in a lively and accessible way.
The best part of this book is the main character Dellarobia. She is doing the best she can with what life has thrown at her. She reminded me of women I know. She reminded me of me.
If I were you? I’d put this book on my wish list.