Barbara Kingsolver is an American writer, who certainly deserves to be called «a magician of words». But you’d better not take my words for it and start reading «Flight Behavior». This remarkable novel takes place in Appalachia. A disaster and denial are crisscrossed there forcing people to stick to their own truths, which differ dramatically. The novel focuses on a young woman from Tennessee, a mother and a wife, who has quite narrow experience of life. We often like to blame adverse circumstances for our griefs and sometimes it is really difficult to change a state of things. With empathy, the author opens our eyes to all the complexities of rural life. Readers are transferred from their cozy homes into strange and unsettled place, there science and faith are constantly struggling for the right to control people’s minds.
Dellarobia Turnbow is a woman who lives on a farm with her husband. She had to sacrifice her own interests when she involuntary became pregnant at the age of seventeen. Young and inexperienced, with a buoyant outlook on life, full of hopes, she started her family life. But Time passed and she was forced to face a reality – routine, housework and domestic disharmony and financial difficulties on the top of that. And now after a decade of her family life, she feels completely burn out. To make up for it she tries to forget yourself in the arms if her young lover. Hiking up a winding path to her tryst, her heart throbbing in her chest with obsession, she is suddenly startled by a miraculous lake of fire over a green valley. Scientists, media and religious leaders, journalist try to explain this bewildering sight, making their own point. Some throw scientific evidence and conjectures at each other while others ate completely sure it is a hand of God. While everybody makes judgments about her and the miracle, Dellarobia quarrels with her family, denies church, and the world, seeking the only real truth that is likely to destroy all her previous beliefs. As the main character fights her way to the truth, the reader is given the opportunity to witness the effects of climate change deftly shown by the author. This book undoubtedly gives a lot of food for thought opening your mind to the unknown.