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March 11, 2014

Book Club March 2014 — Flight Behavior, Barbra Kingsolver

Filed under: Page Turners — LLLhost @ 11:08 am

Out of our mutual admiration for the way she writes, we chose Flight Behavior by Barbra Kingsolver as our book for March.

An unsettling tale having to do with science, faith, and the everyday balance between reason and conviction. The story is about a restless farm wife on a failing farm, who thought she had settled for permanently disappointing life. She attempts to escapes temporarily, by becoming infatuated with a younger man. As she hikes up a mountain road behind her home toward their secret tryst, she encounters a silent, forested valley filled with what looks like a lake of fire. A seemingly small miracle in the moment to her, the event actually cascades as it brings outsiders to the community with their various explanations and draws rural farmers into unexpected acquaintances. Everyone with a stake in what this debate means.

Flight Behavior takes on one of the most contentious subjects of our time: climate change. With a deft and versatile empathy Kingsolver dissects the motives that drive denial and belief in a precarious world.  (From the publisher.)

Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver

Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver

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  1. In our follow up event at the Harmony Bar, we used the Madison Public Library “Book Club Kit” questions to really delve into the major themes of Kingsolver’s novel. We all agreed that having thoughtful questions helps us stay on track in discussing the book with more depth. Themes around marriage, love, religion, science and global warming are the issues that Kingsolver nimbly tackles in this fascinating story. One of the great strengths of any Barbara Kingsolver novel is her richly nuanced characters. They are complicated and flawed and we root for them to grow and become more. We want Dellarobia to take her flight from the confines of a limited life and like the monarchs, break the patterns of their nature, their environment and through change, adapt and though this metamorphosis not only survive, but flourish. There is a risk of failing, of freezing and going no further but there is also the natural will to try. The book is a revelation. From this character who observes and tells the intertwined story, she bridges the gap—for us and the the characters—between perception and reality. How the author deftly merges biology and science with the lives of the characters is simply ingenious. What a film this would make! Small and thoughtful yet filled with powerful and meaningful messages. We give it 5 butterflies….

    A contribution to the review, a lovely Pine Nut and Honey Tart to share. Thank you Jen

    Comment by LLLhost — March 25, 2014 @ 11:48 am | Reply


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