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Flight Behaviour - Barbara Kingsolver

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Published: 1st November 2012
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From the Orange Prize-winning author of The Lacuna comes a suspenseful and brilliant new novel about catastrophe and denial.

Discontented with her life of poverty on a failing farm in the Eastern United States, Dellarobia, a young mother, impulsively seeks out an affair. Instead, on the Appalachian mountains above her farm, she discovers something much more profoundly life-changing - a beautiful and terrible marvel of nature. As the world around her is suddenly transformed by a seeming miracle, can the old certainties they have lived by for centuries remain unchallenged?

Flight Behaviour is a captivating, topical and deeply human novel touching on class, poverty and climate change. It is Barbara Kingsolver's most accessible novel yet, and explores the truths we live by, and the complexities that lie behind them.

About the Author

Barbara Kingsolver's thirteen books of fiction, poetry and non-fiction include the novels The Bean Trees and the international bestseller The Poisonwood Bible which, amongst other accolades, won the 2005 Penguin/Orange Reading Group Book of the Year award. Her most recent novel The Lacuna, won the Orange Prize for Fiction in 2010.

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5.0

Kingsolver at her bests

By Anna

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  • Deserves Multiple Readings
  • Engaging Characters
  • Well Written

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    Comments about Flight Behaviour:

    Kingsolver is great writer who has genuine social conscience. Her books are unique because unlike so many others, she does not use formula. Her characters come truly alive and touch you.

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    Compelling environmental message

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      Comments about Flight Behaviour:

      There are touches of humor to offset the intensity of Kingsolvers serious exploration of climate change, and the authenticity of the characters prevent the story from becoming dry and ponderous, though I can't deny it did drag at times. The writing is finely crafted, descriptions vivid, yet the dialogue is still authentic.

      Flight Behaviour is a compelling novel that has a thoughtful, important message about environmental stewardship, while not forgetting the value of a well told story. This is the first book I have read by Kingsolver but it won't be the last.

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      ISBN: 9780571290789
      ISBN-10: 0571290787
      Audience: General
      Format: Paperback
      Language: English
      Number Of Pages: 448
      Published: 1st November 2012
      Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3  x 3.3
      Weight (kg): 0.58

      Barbara Kingsolver

      Barbara Kingsolver was born in 1955, and grew up in rural Kentucky. She earned degrees in biology from DePauw University and the University of Arizona, and has worked as a freelance writer and author since 1985. At various times in her adult life she has lived in England, France, and the Canary Islands, and has worked in Europe, Africa, Asia, Mexico, and South America. She spent two decades in Tucson, Arizona, before moving to southwestern Virginia where she currently resides.

      Her books, in order of publication, are:

      • The Bean Trees (1988),
      • Homeland (1989),
      • Holding the Line: Women in the Great Arizona Mine Strike (1989),
      • Animal Dreams (1990),
      • Another America (1992),
      • Pigs in Heaven (1993),
      • High Tide in Tucson (1995),
      • The Poisonwood Bible (1998),
      • Prodigal Summer (2000),
      • Small Wonder (2002),
      • Last Stand: America’s Virgin Lands, with photographer Annie Griffiths Belt (2002),
      • Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life (2007),
      • The Lacuna (2009).

      She served as editor for Best American Short Stories 2001. Her books have been translated into more than two dozen languages, and have been adopted into the core literature curriculum in high schools and colleges throughout the nation. She has contributed to more than fifty literary anthologies, and her reviews and articles have appeared in most major U.S. newspapers and magazines.

      Kingsolver was named one the most important writers of the 20th Century by Writers Digest. In 2000 she received the National Humanities Medal, our country’s highest honor for service through the arts. Critical acclaim for her books includes multiple awards from the American Booksellers Association and the American Library Association, among many others. The Poisonwood Bible was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the Orange Prize, and won the national book award of South Africa, before being named an Oprah Book Club selection. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle won numerous prizes including the James Beard award. The Lacuna won The Orange Prize for Fiction, 2010.

      In 1998, Kingsolver established the Bellwether Prize for fiction.

      She has two daughters, Camille (born in 1987) and Lily (1996). Her husband, Steven Hopp, teaches environmental studies. Since June 2004, Barbara and her family have lived on a farm in southern Appalachia. Barbara believes her best work is accomplished through writing, raising her children, and being an active citizen of her own community. She is grateful for the good will and support of her readers.

      For a complete list of Barbara Kingsolver’s published works, see the Bibliography section of this website. Each of her books is described in more detail in Books, and critical acclaim is listed in Honors and Awards

      Visit Barbara Kingsolver's Booktopia Author Page