Nuvo Newsweekly has published my piece responding to Barbara Kingsolver’s novel Flight Behavior.
“It’s an elegy to the beauty of the familiar world, the world that is soon to be a thing of the past. Kingsolver invites us to begin the process of grieving, embodying that lost beauty in the form of the monarch butterfly…”
Indy-area folks can pick up Nuvo for free, or you can read the rest of the article here.
Have you read the book? What was your response?
I read it last week, and I am still recovering. “Recovering” isn’t the proper word, though, since we aren’t going to recover what we’ve lost, right? I guess I am still processing the grief that sprang from her story–let me put it that way. I think BK is one of the most important authors writing today; she is a master at taking biological concepts and translating them into accessible, tangible examples that anyone can understand, which is crucial. The scene between Tina, the reporter, and Ovid, the scientist, was amazing (as well as amazingly sad.) Thanks for reviewing; I loved your assessment.
I loved that scene as well. Kingsolver is so astute, so funny, so masterful as you say. Thank you for sharing your experience with the book, Maggie!