“Barbara delivered again!! I respect all the research she does before she writes her books and appreciate all the detail she includes. This story centers around a family in Kentucky whose farm becomes the landing spot for a transplanted colony of Monarch butterflies who should be wintering in Mexico. It is about negative effects of climate change. Dellarobia married at 17 and has never been farther from the farm than the next county. The plot centers around choices she has made and how the lives of the Monarch change her life.”Dianne G wrote this review Thursday, March 21, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I approached Flight Behavior with mixed emotion. On one hand, I’ve loved every Kingsolver book I’ve ever read and rate her The Poisonwood Bible as one of the best books in my reading lifetime. On the other hand, I roll my eyes (quite literally) at heroines with names like Juniper or Venetia or, in this case, Dellarobia, AND the book was purported to be full of butterflies. Dreams of fluff danced in my head.
But Kingsolver tackles a very serious issue in Flight Behavior: climate change, and the real-life destruction of the wintering nesting grounds of North America’s Monarch butterfly population in 2010.
That she peoples this drama with the melodramatically named Dellarobia who makes a series of decisions that alienated her from this reader does not lesson the importance of that main issue, or for that matter, the beauty of her writing.
For concrete (albeit fictionally set) consequences of a complex issue, you could do far worse than this book.
Read this if: you don’t think climate is really changing our world; you recognize that climate change is real and would like great party talking-points on the subject; or you’re a Kingsolver fan. 4 stars
“Kind of a global warming diatribe of a novel, but I enjoyed the characters. Set in Appalachia. No spoilers, so I won't go into the plot. My favorite part was when a non-local save-the-earth missionary tries to get the main character (a barely-getting-by rural housewife) to take a pledge to lower her carbon footprint. Buy things secondhand? Check. Reuse? Check Recycle? Check. Don't use paper cups or Styrofoam take-out containers? Don't eat at restaurants! Don't get a new car every year? Driving my late mom's old beater. Etc. ------] You don't have to try so hard to be green when you can't afford to be otherwise.
It's a well-told tale, but I did feel like I was being hit over the head with a climate change brick at times. Which is not all that new for this author, who has certainly explored the relationship between humans and the rest of nature before. Will a little message overkill stop me from reading her next one? No, she's still worth it.”
“Barbara Kingsolver is a wonderful writer whose prose is exquisite and lifts up even the most mundane circumstance. I did not enjoy this book as much as I've enjoyed some of her other works. I found myself not really liking the main character or the choices she makes. The subject matter is very worthy, but it can seem rather preachy. ”Deborah Doucette wrote this review Thursday, August 8, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Dellarobia lives with her husband and 2 children on a farm in Tennessee Appalachia mountains. Monarch Butterflies lose their way on their annual migration from Mexico and end up spending the winter on a wooded slope behind their home. This creates news and tourists to see and scientists to study why. Economics cause the in laws to want to clear cut the forest to pay bills which would destroy the butterflies winter home and most likely cause a land slide. ”Barb V wrote this review Monday, March 18, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Don't fall over in a dead faint, but I just finished a hefty adult novel. Set in Tennessee, the book focuses on Dellarobia who married young right out of high school. When she finds millions of Monarch butterflies on the mountain above her house, the world comes to her door. A little preachy about global warming, but a very good read.”Joy A wrote this review Monday, March 18, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I was so worried after trying to read The Lacuna, that maybe I didn't like Kingsolver anymore. But this book has renewed my love. In this book she writes about a woman who is trapped in her life until one day something extraordinary happens and suddenly the doors of possibility are thrown open. Kingsolver writes about poverty and ignorance without condescension; every character is a person and not a cartoon.
I could not put this book down. I will warn you that if you're a climate change denier this may not be the book for you. It's hard to argue with the facts presented in this book. ”
“Barbara Kingsolver is a master of words. I loved the themes in this book. It was many of my personal interests combined. LOVED IT!”Kristen L. Smith wrote this review Sunday, March 17, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Interesting read.”Amy wrote this review Saturday, March 16, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A great book! Love her character development mixed in with the many messages in this novel. One thing I've learned about BK is to never give up on her. Keep reading to the end - she never disappoints!”Lorrie L wrote this review Friday, March 15, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No