Barbara Kingsolver’s latest novel, Flight Behavior, is now in paperback! Named one of the Best Books of the Year by the Washington Post and USA Today, Flight Behavior is the story of a young woman living in rural Tennessee who experiences something she cannot explain, and how her discovery changes her perspective on the world around her. The New York Times Book Review called the book “a majestic and brave new novel…both intimate and enormous."
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 seeks momentary escape through an obsessive flirtation with a younger man.
She hikes up a mountain road behind her house toward a secret tryst, but instead 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
Read an excerpt of Flight Behavior, download the reading group guide, and watch a video of Barbara discussing the book. For more with Barbara Kingsolver, visit her website and become a fan on Facebook. And make sure to look for the paperback wherever books are sold!