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December Discussion - Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver

  • Dec 17, 2013 · 7:00 PM
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About the book:

Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver

Flight Behavior transfixes from its opening scene, when a young woman's narrow experience of life is thrown wide with the force of a raging fire. In the lyrical language of her native Appalachia, Barbara Kingsolver bares the rich, tarnished humanity of her novel's inhabitants and unearths the modern complexities of rural existence. Characters and reader alike are quickly carried beyond familiar territory here, into the unsettled ground of science, faith, and everyday truces between reason and conviction. Dellarobia Turnbow is a restless farm wife who gave up her own plans when she accidentally became pregnant at seventeen. Now, after a decade of domestic disharmony on a failing farm, she has settled for permanent disappointment but seeks momentary escape through an obsessive flirtation with a younger man. As she hikes up a mountain road behind her house to a secret tryst, she encounters a shocking sight: a silent, forested valley filled with what looks like a lake of fire. She can only understand it as a cautionary miracle, but it sparks a raft of other explanations from scientists, religious leaders, and the media. The bewildering emergency draws rural farmers into unexpected acquaintance with urbane journalists, opportunists, sightseers, and a striking biologist with his own stake in the outcome. As the community lines up to judge the woman and her miracle, Dellarobia confronts her family, her church, her town, and a larger world, in a flight toward truth that could undo all she has ever believed. 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.

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We always go to a restaurant to dine after the discussion so plan to join us for this.

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  • Jim W.

    Barely got into the book. But I'll see everyone at dinner!

    December 17, 2013

  • Leigh

    I'll be at the dinner!

    December 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry all - something came up and I won't be able to attend.

    December 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I won't be able to finish the book in time. :-(

    December 13, 2013

  • Angie

    I am enjoying the book, but can't makenit that son's Xmas program going on. Miss you all! Have fun!

    December 11, 2013

  • Jim S.

    I changed my RSVP to no because I really cannot get into this book. I will attend the event after, and may sit in if I arrive early.

    December 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    i live in horry county so of course it is just too far to travel and i am disappointed because you all sound great

    November 22, 2013

  • Rebecca

    I won't be able to attend in Dec.

    November 22, 2013

  • Harold M.

    Joan and I enjoyed attending the group and meeting all of you. Next month won't work for us but we'll look forward to seeing what's happening after that.

    November 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    It's been so long since I've seen ya'll! But I have another event that night...this title has been on my "to-read" list for a while now, though! Merry Christmas to everyone!

    November 20, 2013

  • Mary

    Sorry I am going back to Chicago. I look forward to January's meeting. Happy holidays

    November 20, 2013

  • Lorraine D.

    Sorry but I'm going to be in Illinois - see you in January.

    November 20, 2013

  • Rebecca

    It looks like you guys are booked up?

    November 18, 2013

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