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Barbara Kingsolver
Flight Behavior
 
 
Author
Barbara Kingsolver.
Publisher Harper  
Format hardcover
ISBN 9780062124265
Pages/Publication Date 436/2012
Daedalus Item Code 29622
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(One of the New York Times Book Review's 100 Notable Books of 2012) From its opening scene, when a young woman's narrow experience of life is thrown wide with the force of a raging fire, this new novel from the Orange Prize–winning author of The Lacuna and The Poisonwood Bible is a transfixing story of catastrophe and denial, set in present-day Appalachia. Dellarobia Turnbow is a restless farm wife who gave up her own ambitions when she became pregnant at 17. After more than a decade tending children on a failing farm, she seeks some escape through a tryst with a younger man, but on her way to meet him she encounters a shocking sight: a forested valley filled with what looks like a lake of silent red fire. She can only understand it as a cautionary miracle, but the discovery sparks a raft of other, widely varied explanations from scientists, religious leaders, and the media, all of whom descend on the isolated community. As they all line up to judge the woman and her miracle, Dellarobia finds her once-limited future suddenly opening out, and into confrontations with her family, her church, her town, her continent, and finally the world at large. Over the course of a single winter, her life will become the property of the planet and, for the first time, truly her own. In the lyrical language of her native Appalachia, Barbara Kingsolver bares the rich, tarnished humanity of her novel's inhabitants and unearths the modern complexities of rural existence.
 
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