Dellarobia Turnbow is a restless farm wife who gave up her own plans when she accidentally became pregnant at seventeen. Now, after a decade of domestic disharmony on a failing farm, she has settled for permanent disappointment but seeks momentary escape through an obsessive flirtation with a younger man. As she hikes up a mountain road behind her house to a secret tryst, she encounters a shocking sight: a silent, forested valley filled with what look like a lake of fire. She can only understand it as a cautionary miracle, but it sparks a raft of other explanations from scientists, religious leaders, and the media. The bewildering emergency draws rural farmers into unexpected acquaintance with urbane journalists, opportunists, sightseers, and a striking biologist with his own stake in the outcome. As the community lines up to judge the woman and her miracle, Dellarobia confronts her family, her church, her town, and a larger world, in a flight toward truth that could undo all she has ever believed.
I hope I'm not about to hurt someones feelings, but I'm not sure I can do this any other way. I would like to be able to give those of you who came here looking for a full review of Flight Behaviorr by Barbara Kingsolver, what you wanted. Sadly, I can't do that. I could pretend to have read the entire book, but I would have to lie to you, and that's the last thing I ever want to do. It's not that I didn't read the first and the last page, because I did. It's just that I skipped and skimmed my way through the book, hoping for something to grab my attention.
I did manage to read the first 50-60 pages before I gave up, and started my skimming/skipping process. I wanted so much to enjoy this book, the premise and the issues it explored, grabbed my attention when I agreed to review the book. And I know a ton of other bloggers who really enjoy this author's work. So I feel left out of club, one that I desperately want to belong to. I want to be able to enjoy the author's writing and the story she created, but for whatever reason, I'm just not able to. Nothing on the page grabbed onto me. Nothing within the covers of Flight Behavior managed to capture my imagination.
I know I'm going to be the minority on this one, and I'm glad for it. I don't ever want to give the impression that I don't think this book is worth reading, because for people who don't live within my own skin, it probably is. I have to accept the fact that I'm not one of them.
I would like to thank Trish of TLC Book Tours for the opportunity to read/review this book. Please visit the tour page to read other reviews.