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  • Published: New York : Harper, 2012.
  • Year Published: 2012
  • Description: 436 p.
  • Language: English
  • Format: Book

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  • 9780062124265
  • 0062124269

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Flight behavior

by Kingsolver, Barbara.

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Call number: Fiction

Available Copies: Downtown 1st Floor, Malletts Adult, Pittsfield Adult, West Adult

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Set in the present day in the rural community of Feathertown, Tennessee, Flight Behavior tells the story of Dellarobia Turnbow, a petite, razor-sharp 29-year-old who nurtured worldly ambitions before becoming pregnant and marrying at seventeen. Now, after more than a decade of tending to small children on a failing farm, oppressed by poverty, isolation and her husband's antagonistic family, she has mitigated her boredom by surrendering to an obsessive flirtation with a handsome younger man. In the opening scene, Dellarobia is headed for a secluded mountain cabin to meet this man and initiate what she expects will be a self-destructive affair. But the tryst never happens. Instead, she walks into something on the mountainside she cannot explain or understand: a forested valley filled with silent red fire that appears to her a miracle. After years lived entirely in the confines of one small house, Dellarobia finds her path suddenly opening out, chapter by chapter, into blunt and confrontational engagement with her family, her church, her town, her continent, and finally the world at large.--publisher.

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Not her best

I have enjoyed several of Kingsolver's other books very much and was expecting the same here, but it didn't quite live up to expectations. Kingsolver at her best is remarkable for her ability to write characters who are all utterly human, understandable, and likeable or at least worthy of respect and compassion, without taking sides even when these characters end up at cross purposes to each other. There were glimpses of that here, but in this book Kingsolver did pick a side and the book felt somewhat "preachy."

Ending disappointing

The ending of this book was disappointing. There were many loose ends not explained.
This was another book where a smart woman makes some poor choices.

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