Monday, January 14, 2013

Book Review: Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver

Happy Monday! I hope you are enjoying the new face of this blog! Thanks to Tiffany Kuehl, you're now looking at a clean and fun design.

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend. I finally finished a book I started a while ago, and wanted to share my review. Have any of you read Flight Behavior, by Barbara Kingsolver? I would rate her novel, Poisonwood Bible, in my top 10 of all time, so you can imagine how eager I was to read her latest book. I pre-ordered it this past summer, and as always, Kingsolver did not disappoint. This book is so unique and well written, and will leave you thinking about important issues like global warming and climate change.


It is set in a stunning mountain village of Appalachia, focusing on a troubled Turnbow family and the migration patterns of monarch butterflies. Dellarobia Turnbow is a poor, beautiful, unhappily married mother of two, who is incredibly disatisfied and bored with her life. She feels she was caught in her marriage too early in life and is desperate for some excitement and a change. On her way to meet a neighbor crush, she is siezed by the sight of a sky aflame (these are the butterflies in an extravagant orange and bold show). To Dellarobia, who has never been very religious, this is a sign from God and one she must abide. She turns toward her own life with a vow to change it for the better. At this point in the novel, we see how science and faith meet, and the entire community gathers in light of this miracle. Dellarobia, meanwhile, faces her marriage, her church and the outside world in a seeming flight toward truth, like the displaced butterflies.
Kingsolver's beautiful story tells a larger story of global warming and the changes that come along with it. It brings our attention to the very real connection between man and nature, as we see how the natural world plays a role in the lives of the Turnbow family. As the world of nature reveals it own truths, so does this family. This book is full of love and heartache, and written by this talented author, it's a must read.

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