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Flight behavior : a novel
Barbara Kingsolver
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Avatar for Laura P. Laura P. said:
Flight Behavior is a luminous novel about fight and flight on different levels. Main character Dellarobia Turnbow discovers that monarch butterflies are over-wintering on her husband’s family’s farm instead of in Mexico as they should. The phenomenon of millions of butterflies draws the curious and also scientists worried about the odd behavior and possible demise of the butterflies. There’s a great scene when scientist Ovid takes a reporter to task about her coverage of climate change. Dellarobia becomes close to Ovid who enlightens her about climate change, scientific method and butterfly behavior. She soaks it up like a sponge and her life changes. At the end, though everything’s changing, there’s hope that Dellarobia and her children’s lives will be better and that somehow, nature will persevere. One of the best novels of 2012.
posted Dec 18, 2012 at 1:42PM
bookiejill said:
This may be one of the best novels of 2012, but it is not one I was able to get into quickly. I’ll give it one more try after reading the reviews. I tried it one more time and did find that I finally got into the book. All in all, not one of my favorites but I did enjoy Dellarobia’s emergence.
posted Oct 28, 2013 at 10:04AM
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main characters Dellarobia Turnbow
Age: 27
Was pregnant at seventeen; feels life has disappointed her; struggling to survive on a failing farm; discovers a valley filled with millions of butterflies.

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