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Flight Behaviour Hardcover – International Edition, November 6, 2012

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About the Author

Barbara Kingsolver's work has been translated into more than twenty languages and has earned a devoted readership at home and abroad.In 2000 she was awarded the National Humanities Medal, our country's highest honor for service through the arts. She received the 2011 Dayton Literary Peace Prize for the body of her work, and in 2010 won Britain's Orange Prize for The Lacuna. Before she made her living as a writer, Kingsolver earned degrees in biology and worked as a scientist. She now lives with her family on a farm in southern Appalachia.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (November 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1443412996
  • ISBN-13: 978-1443412995
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #361,231 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By BemisReviewsBooks on March 28, 2014
Format: Hardcover
The plight of the Monarch butterfly due to the effects of global warming is cleverly woven into the story of a young married wife caught up in a life she was never meant to live. Dellarobia finds herself pregnant at a very young age and tried to do right by marrying the father. She ends up losing her first child before bearing two more. She now lives out her days as a stay at home mom, and working the sheep farm owned by her overbearing and standoffish in laws. Bored and unfulfilled, Dellarobia entertains fantasies of other men, engaging in illicit affairs most likely in an attempt to offset her misery. Her latest jaunt up the mountain in back of her home to secretly meet her young lover results in her stumbling across a forest filled with beautiful Monarch butterflies. Dellarobia is mesmerized and from that point forward, forever changed. While her own metamorphosis takes place, a young scientist arrives to inject a hard dose of reality into the butterfly fantasy world that most of Dellarobia's family clings to with religious righteousness.

The cream does rise to the top and Dellarobia is indeed part of that group as is her five year old son. They are two extremely likable characters and ones you do come to care about. The problem lies in the overly preachy tone the story sometimes takes along with drawn out scenes dealing with scientific method in collecting butterfly data. It can be difficult to find the story in these overwritten scenes. Certain characters could have been better developed such as Cub, Hester, and Bear. It was as if the butterfly aspect of the book crowded out most everything else. I would have liked to see more of Hester's story developed. Overall it seemed the message the author was trying to get across trumped the fictional story told.
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Beautifully written story of the intellectual and emotional growth of a young wife as she discovers promising pathways that may move her from a stagnant cultural backwater to new vistas. Descriptions of her relationships with her husband, children, in-laws, and friends are wonderful, and range from humorous to grippingly, agonizingly real. Kingsolver masterfully weaves a tale of monarch butterfly migration, the science of climate change, and the role of an intriguing researcher who helps the heroine find a way for her own flight to a new world.
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I loved this book. BK is very astute at taking a natural event or setting and weaving a story around it. Her prose really make me picture the scenes in my mind's eye.
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By Charen Urban on February 28, 2015
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Love Kingsolver. She's always thought-provoking about relationships, culture & environment. Flight Behavior has it all.
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