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ISBN13: 9780062124265
ISBN10: 0062124269
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mjakubi, January 30, 2013 (view all comments by mjakubi)
once again Barbara Kinssolver has written a terrific book, filled with real people. It really made me think about climate change. It isn't preachy.
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Jennifer Boyer, January 30, 2013 (view all comments by Jennifer Boyer)
A truly lovely novel about family, dreams, faith, rural life, butterflies and a changing climate. The book tackles hard subjects without being overtly political, showing the reality of what we are facing as a world through the eyes of a struggling family. Kingsolver does a phenomenal job of creating characters that are related, likeable and still thoroughly unique. This was the best book I read in 2012!
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lechatnoir, January 12, 2013 (view all comments by lechatnoir)
For me, this is Kingsolver's best book to date. I live in the region where the story takes place, and she captures it beautifully, its hardships as well as its moments of beauty. I also love the way she interweaves environmental concerns and personal stories. If I didn't have so many books in my to-read pile, I'd read this again in a heartbeat.
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wmtn, January 9, 2013 (view all comments by wmtn)
I enjoyed Kingsolver's language in the moving depiction of Dellarobria's "world turned upside down".
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AIS, January 8, 2013 (view all comments by AIS)
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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Kingsolver, Barbara
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Literature-Contemporary Women
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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "With her powerful new novel, Kingsolver (The Lacuna) delivers literary fiction that conveys an urgent social message. Set in a rural Tennessee that has endured unseasonal rain, the plot explores the effects of a bizarre biological event on a Bible Belt community. The sight that young wife and mother Dellarobia Turnbow comes upon — millions of monarch butterflies glowing like a 'lake of fire' in a sheep pasture owned by her in-laws — is immediately branded a miracle, and promises a lucrative tourist season for the financially beleaguered Turnbows. But the arrival of a research team led by sexy scientist Ovid Byron reveals the troubling truth behind the butterflies' presence: they've been driven by pollution from their usual Mexican winter grounds and now face extinction due to northern hemisphere temperatures. Equally threatening is the fact that her father-in-law, Bear, has sold the land to loggers. Already restless in her marriage to the passive Cub, for whom she gave up college when she became pregnant at 17, unsophisticated, cigarette-addicted Dellarobia takes a mammoth leap when she starts working with the research team. As her horizons expand, she faces a choice between the status quo and, perhaps, personal fulfillment. Spunky Dellarobia is immensely appealing; the caustic view she holds of her husband, in-laws, and neighbors, the self-deprecating repartee she has with her best friend Dovey, and her views about the tedium of motherhood combined with a loving but clear-eyed appraisal of her own children invest the narrative with authenticity and sparkling humor. Kingsolver also animates and never judges the uneducated, superstitious, religiously devout residents of Feathertown. As Dellarobia flees into a belated coming-of-age, which becomes the ironic outcome of the Monarchs' flight path to possible catastrophe in the collapse of a continental ecosystem, the dramatic saga becomes a clarion call about climate change, too lucid and vivid for even skeptics to ignore. 8-city author tour. One-day laydown. Agent: Frances Goldin, Goldin Literary Agency" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Review" by , "Drawing on both her Appalachian roots and her background in biology, Kingsolver delivers a passionate novel on the effects of global warming."
"Review" by , "Enthralling...Dellarobia is appealingly complex as a smart, curious, warmhearted woman desperate to — no resisting the metaphor here — trade her cocoon for wings."
"Review" by , "A dazzling page-turner."
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