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Flight behavior: a novel

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Prize-winning author: Pulitzer Prize Finalist, Dayton Literary Peace Prize (Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award), Orange Prize for Fiction

Prize-winning Author: National Humanities Medal, Pulitzer Prize Finalist, Orange Prize for Fiction, Dayton Literary Peace Prize (Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award)

"Kingsolver is a gifted magician of words." --Time

The extraordinary New York Times bestselling author of The Lacuna (winner of the Orange Prize), The Poisonwood Bible (nominated for the Pulitzer Prize), and Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, Barbara Kingsolver returns with a truly stunning and unforgettable work. Flight Behavior is a brilliant and suspenseful novel set in present day Appalachia; a breathtaking parable of catastrophe and denial that explores how the complexities we inevitably encounter in life lead us to believe in our particular chosen truths. Kingsolver's riveting story concerns a young wife and mother on a failing farm in rural Tennessee who experiences something she cannot explain, and how her discovery energizes various competing factions--religious leaders, climate scientists, environmentalists, politicians--trapping her in the center of the conflict and ultimately opening up her world. Flight Behavior is arguably Kingsolver's must thrilling and accessible novel to date, and like so many other of her acclaimed works, represents contemporary American fiction at its finest.

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Last Grouping Update2020-09-20 05:20:05AM
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subject_facetAppalachian Mountains -- Fiction
Biologists -- Fiction
Butterflies -- Fiction
Climatic changes -- Fiction
Curiosities and wonders -- Fiction
Electronic books
Families -- Fiction
Farm life -- Fiction
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Tennessee -- Fiction
Wives -- Fiction
Women biologists -- Fiction
title_displayFlight behavior : a novel
title_fullFlight Behavior
Flight Behavior A Novel
Flight behavior / Barbara Kingsolver
Flight behavior : a novel / Barbara Kingsolver
Flight behavior : a novel [electronic resource] / Barbara Kingsolver
Flight behavior [electronic resource] / Barbara Kingsolver
Flight behavior [sound recording] : [a novel] / Barbara Kingsolver
Flight behavior [sound recording] : a novel / Barbara Kingsolver
title_shortFlight behavior
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Climatic changes
Curiosities and wonders
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Farm life
Women biologists