Flight Behaviour, Paperback Book
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"The flames now appeared to lift from individual treetops in showers of orange sparks, exploding the way a pine log does in a campfire when it is poked.

The sparks spiralled upward in swirls like funnel clouds.

Twisters of brightness against grey sky." On the Appalachian Mountains above her home, a young mother discovers a beautiful and terrible marvel of nature: the monarch butterflies have not migrated south for the winter this year.

Is this a miraculous message from God, or a spectacular sign of climate change.

Entomology expert, Ovid Byron, certainly believes it is the latter.

He ropes in Dellarobia to help him decode the mystery of the monarch butterflies.

Flight Behaviour has featured on the NY Times bestseller list and is Barbara Kingsolver's most accessible novel yet.


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I was surprised at how much I disliked this novel. I had previously read two novels by Barbara Kingsolver: "Lacuna" which I thought was very good, and "The Poisonwood Bible" which was one of the most beautiful and powerful novels that I have ever read. Consequently, having read the fulsome reviews of this book I was looking forward to another literary feast.What a disappointment! I found it well nigh impossible to summon any vestige of empathy for any of the characters and found thw whole book steeped in drudgery.Sorry!

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