Book Review -Flight Behavior

Flight Behavior
Kingsolver, Barbara
Harper, 2012

The book was a classic Barbara Kingsolver tale. A strong woman as a main character working around scientific themes in a novel which fairly dripped with the sense of place and personalities. Although based around a highly unlikely, and clearly described in the afterword as fictitious, occurrence (Monarch butterflies suddenly deciding to roost in a rural Tennessee forest instead of their Mexican winter grounds), the story managed to use that base to weave in themes of gender equality, racism, educational disparity, small town politics and ecology with occasional forays into immigration and nods to the quiet activist culture.

A very enjoyable book to read, and a good reminder of why Barbara Kingsolver has maintained her place in the top ranks of my favorite authors.

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