When 28-year-old Dellarobia encounters what seems to be a lake of fire on her trek up a mountain, her small-town Appalachian life is irrevocably changed. What she considers “a vision of glory” turns her from the path she is on, a path she knows can lead only to disastrous consequences. She returns home to the husband whom she has resented since she married as a pregnant teen and to her two children.
Soon her “miracle” is the talk of her church community, scientists, the media, and nature lovers. Dellarobia is transformed by the people she meets as well as by her increasing knowledge and firsthand experience of climate change.
In Flight Behavior, novelist Barbara Kingsolver deftly deals with complex issues without succumbing to stereotypes. Laugh-out-loud insights into parenting, marriage, friendship, technology, and church culture strike an excellent balance to the weighty subject matter. (HarperCollins)