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"Kingsolver is a gifted magician of words." —Time The extraordinary New York Times bestselling author of The Lacuna (winner of the Orange Prize),The Poisonwood Bible (nominated for the Pulitzer Prize), and Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, Barbara Kingsolver returns with a truly stunning and unforgettable work.Flight Behavior is a brilliant and suspenseful novel set in present day Appalachia; a breathtaking parable of catastrophe and denial that explores how the complexities we inevitably encounter in life lead us to believe in our particular chosen truths. Kingsolver's riveting story concerns a young wife and mother on a failing farm in rural Tennessee who experiences something she cannot explain, and how her discovery energizes various competing factions—religious leaders, climate scientists, environmentalists, politicians—trapping her in the center of the conflict and ultimately opening up her world.Flight Behavior is arguably Kingsolver's must thrilling and accessible novel to date, and like so many other of her acclaimed works, represents contemporary American fiction at its finest.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 433 pages
  • 142.24 x 208.28 x 38.1mm | 521.63g
  • HARPER PERENNIAL
  • United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0062124277
  • 9780062124272
  • 213,252

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Novelists like Kingsolver have a particular knack for making us empathize with lives that may bear little resemblance to our own What lifts FLIGHT BEHAVIOR is not just Kingsolver s nuanced and funny prose; it s Dellarobia s awakening to the possibilities around her. --Julia Ingalls, Salon"show more

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New York Times Notable BookWashington PostBest Book Of The YearAmazon's Top 100: Editor's ChoiceUsa Today Best Book Of The YearDellarobia Turnbow is a restless farm wife who gave up her own plans when she accidentally became pregnant at seventeen. Now, after a decade of domestic disharmony on a failing farm, she seeks momentary escape through an obsessive flirtation with a younger man.She hikes up a mountain road behind her house toward a secret tryst, but instead encounters a shocking sight: a silent, forested valley filled with what looks like a lake of fire. She can only understand it as a cautionary miracle, but it sparks a raft of other explanations from scientists, religious leaders, and the media. The bewildering emergency draws rural farmers into unexpected acquaintance with urbane journalists, opportunists, sightseers, and a striking biologist with his own stake in the outcome.As the community lines up to judge the woman and her miracle, Dellarobia confronts her family, her church, her town, and a larger world, in a flight toward truth that could undo all she has ever believed.show more