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Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver

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Barbara Kingsolver has won more literary awards than practically any contemporary author. She won the Orange Prize, a British award,  given to her novel The Lacuna as the best novel published in the English Language in 2009. In 2003, President Bill Clinton gave her the National Humanities Medal. Her novel The Poisonwood Bible was shortlisted for the Pulitzer and the PEN/Faulkner Award. This novel, Flight Behavior was one of her many New York Times bestsellers. Kingsolver grew up in Carlisle, Kentucky, and now lives in rural Washington County, Virginia. Flight Behavior is set on an East Tennessee farm. The protagonist, Dellarobia Turnbow, sees an apparently miraculous site - millions of butterflies almost filling a mountain valley - and then must deal with the dramatically varying responses of her community and beyond that mirror national responses to climate change. “Kingsolver has written one of the more thoughtful novels about the scientific, financial and psychological intricacies of climate change. And her ability to put these silent, breathtakingly beautiful butterflies at the center of this calamitous and noisy debate is nothing short of brilliant.”Ron Charles. “One of the gifts of a Kingsolver novel is the resplendence of her prose. She takes palpable pleasure in the craft of writing, creating images that stay with the reader long after her story is done…(a) majestic and brave new novel.” - New York Times Book Review. “So captivating is this grand, suspenseful plot and the many subplots rising and falling beneath it that it takes some time before we realize what this story is really about -- climate change.” - Minneapolils Star Tribune.

New York: Harper/Perrenial, a 2013 paperback reprint of a 2012 release. 436 pages with additional materials about the author and book at the end. Trade paperback.