Flight Behavior

Flight Behavior

Barbara Kingsolver
General Fiction
Harper; First Edition edition
Hardcover, 448 pages
$28.99

In her latest novel, Flight Behavior, Barbara Kingsolver weaves a complex tapestry of events that forever changes the life of her main character. Set in the Appalachian mountains of rural Tennessee, Kingsolver uses her mastery of storytelling to take the reader on a journey about one woman's yearning for a better life, adds a scientific element with a detailed analysis of a wayward Monarch butterfly migration, and stirs in the prospect of global warming being the cause of profound changes in nature. While she struggles with the daily battles of survival on a failing farm, millions of Monarch butterflies arrive and then she is given the opportunity to help in the scientific exploration of why they chose this place to spend the winter. Thus begins her discovery about what path she wants to pursue and she gets her strength from watching the power of these butterflies as they struggle to survive. Kingsolver is able to paint a very believable story which contains elements of hope and courage in the face of what seem to be overwhelmingly negative odds.