Author(s): Barbara Kingsolver
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 home, 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 story 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.
Flight Behaviour is Barbara Kingsolver's new novel. I loved it! It is the first novel I have come across in which the issue of climate change is central. Dellarobia Turnbow is a restless farm wife on a failing farm. Throwing caution to the wind she hikes up the mountain road behind the farm for an assignation with a man for whom she has kindled an obsession. Before reaching their trysting place she sees what looks like a lake of fire and flees for home. The whole community is soon in conflict and confusion about the implications and meaning of her discovery. - Susi
I have read the advance copy of this as a big fan, and am happy to say it's an involving read. Dellarobia Turnbow has married at 17 into a poor farming family in present-time Tennessee. She is sharp-witted and hard working, and struggles with the confines of her life. The unexpected arrival of a natural phenomenon on her doorstep heralds a sweeping set of changes that challenge her close relationships, her family obligations, the religious community in which she lives and her own broadening world view. It reminded me of Prodigal Summer with its bucolic setting, and she held me captive throughout. - Maclean
From the Orange Prize-winning author of The Lacuna comes a suspenseful and brilliant new novel about catastrophe and denial.
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.