Book Review: Flight Behavior

FlightBehaviorAuthor: Barbara Kingsolver

Publisher: Harper Perrenial Reprint, June 2013

Genre: Literary Fiction

Source: The Publisher

My Rating: A+

Dellarobia Turnbull is a 27-year-old farm wife and mother of two young children. Ever since she became pregnant and married at 17, Dellarobia has been floating through her life taking whatever comes along. Her father and mother-in-law own the land and Dellarobvia and her husband pretty much do what they’re told.

One day Dellarobia flees up the mountain behind the farm, intending to run away from her life. When she reaches the top of the mountain the sight she sees makes her change her mind. As she stands on top of the mountain she observes what looks to her like tongues of fire without the smoke or heat. This experience changes Dellarobia’s life.

What Dellarobia, and the community, discovers is that all that red-orange on top of the mountain is thousands of Monarch butterflies who are way off track with their annual migration. Once everyone gets past their amazement, the controversy begins. Environmentalists, anti-global warming theorists, TV journalists, etc. come to the farm and turn their world upside down.

When a scientist and his team arrive, Dellarobia helps in a variety of ways and in return she gets an amazing on-the-spot education. Dellarobia and her five-year-old son begin to see possibilities in their lives beyond the farm.

I addition to Dellarobia’s wonderful story, there are a number of issues that are seriously examined. The challenges of global warming are seen in the “flight behavior” of the Monarch butterflies who are thrown off course by the changes in weather.

Although the Monarchs arrival in Eastern Tennessee is fictional, it’s not outside the realm of believability. There were a few paragraphs that could have been edited out to make it less “preachy” but, the message clearly came through to me. I’d hate to see those spectacular creatures become extinct.

Ms. Kingsolver also examined the subjects of living at the poverty level, consumerism, the quality of education in small town communities, and a good look at marriage. When you read a Barbara Kingsolver novel you really get your money’s worth. Her stories have always touched my heart but, they also made me think about important current issues troubling our world. She makes me think long after the last page.

Recommend? Absolutely. Don’t miss this one.

Thanks t0 the publisher for my copy of Flight Behavior, and TLC Book Tours for letting me be a part of the tour. To check out the other bloggers on the tour see the schedule here: TLC Book Tours

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10 Responses to Book Review: Flight Behavior

  1. I really enjoyed this one as well. Some people think she’s a little preachy, but I had no problem with that with this one.

  2. Beth F says:

    I can’t figure out why I’m so resistant to reading her books.

  3. I love Kingsolver’s work and look forward to reading this book even though she does stray toward preachy at times these days.

  4. Barbara says:

    I really must make time to read this one. Her books have never failed to engage me and make me think.

  5. Staci says:

    I so want to read this one and after your eloquent review, I know that I must read it!

  6. kelley says:

    this one sounds very good. nice review.

  7. I know what you mean about her books sticking with you long after you read the last page … I STILL think about The Poisonwood Bible, and I read that book more 8 or more years ago!

    Thanks for being on the tour. I’m featuring your review on TLC’s Facebook page today.

  8. Elizabeth says:

    Barbara Kingsolver is a bit hit-or-miss for me, but this one sounds quite lovely. I will have to check it out.

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