Sony Reader Book Club Pick for January: FLIGHT BEHAVIOR by BARBARA KINGSOLVER

by Amy Currier 01/11/2013, in READER

The club chats with the bestselling author on January 16th at 12:30PM PST

The Sony Readers Book Club is in full effect, and we’re gearing up for our second chat with literary prodigy Barbara Kingsolver.

When we got our eyes on her new novel—Flight Behavior—back in November, we knew it was the perfect pick for our Sony Readers and it quickly earned a spot on our list of essential reads. Much like her backlist bestsellers (Prodigal Summer, Animal Dreams and The Lacuna), this new story features a razor-sharp protagonist and unique storyline on issues we couldn’t wait to discuss.


Flight Behavior tells the story of Dellarobia Turnbow, a petite, razor-sharp 29-year old who nurtured worldly ambitions before becoming pregnant and marrying at seventeen and settling in Feathertown, Tennessee. After more than a decade of tending small children on a failing farm, oppressed by poverty, isolation, and her husband’s antagonistic family, she has mitigated her boredom by surrendering to an obsessive flirtation with a handsome younger man. As she ascends up a mountain road escaping to her romantic rendezvous, a shocking sight of what appears to be the lake on fire resonates as a cautionary miracle, but scientific explanations offer a counter argument.

In a style that is true to her amalgamation of storytelling and educating, Kingsolver takes on one of the most contentious subjects of our time: climate change, yet she syndicates it with questions we all have over the complexities of life, love and becoming who you want to be. With a deft and versatile empathy, she dissects the motives that drive denial and belief in a precarious world.

Join the chat!

Barbara will be hosting a live Facebook chat with reader on January 16th at 12:30PM PST. Click here ( to join the event.

And you can RSVP and invite fellow reading friends here:

Get reading—we can’t wait to chat!

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