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Flight Behavior

Barbara Kingsolver

Fiction

On Sale Date: 11/6/2012
Imprint: Harper
Print Run: 500K
Format: HC
Pages: 448
Price: $28.99
ISBN: 62124269
ISBN 13: 9780062124265
Other Formats
Ebook 9780062124289
LP 9780062124302
AUD 9780062124319

Set in the present in the rural community of Feathertown, Tennessee, Flight Behavior is the story of Dellarobia Turnbow, a petite, razor-sharp young woman who nurtured worldly ambitions before becoming a mother and wife at seventeen. Now, after more than a decade of tending small children on a failing farm, she mitigates her boredom in an obsessive flirtation with a handsome younger man.  Headed to his secluded cabin to consummate their relationship, she instead walks into something on the mountainside she cannot explain or understand: a forested valley filled with silent red fire that appears to Dellarobia to be a miracle. Her discovery is both beautiful and terrible, and elicits divergent reactions from all sides. After years lived entirely within the confines of one small house, Dellarobia finds her path suddenly opening out and ultimately leading into blunt and confrontational engagement 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, perhaps for the first time, securely her own.