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Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver
Flight Behavior

AIS, January 8, 2013

Besides the absolute beauty of Barbara Kingsolver's writing, this story accomplished what few others have: realistically allowing the main character to change her political worldview. That is no small feat. At times, Ms. Kingsolver walked right to the edge of a diatribe but then grounded the action in the details surrounding the powerful main character of Dellarobia. It wasn't at all difficult to relate to Dellarobia, her confusion, the overwhelm, the not being where she wanted to be. And she was strong as in kick up a bees' nest strong and not run away, and allowed her doubts to lead to questions that opened up ever more complex perspectives. What a pleasure it was to read this book. Not that the subject of environmental disaster and the consequent loss of species is a fun house, but it's a real and present issue that is in all of our backyards. Ms. Kingsolver tackled it with unflinching honesty, without pandering to sterotypes of us versus them. Every time she described the monarch butterflies was astounding. This book will not dissappoint.
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