Literary Blog Hop Give-Away: Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver


This might be “only” an ARC, as Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver will not be published until November 6, 2012, but you want it. Trust me, this is a book you want for your library. It’s the best book written by Kingsolver that I’ve read.
 
Well, I’ve only read The Bean Trees and The Poisonwood Bible. But to be completely honest, neither of those novels particularly moved me. Flight Behavior, however, is stellar. It has me looking forward to every evening, when no matter how exhausted I am from teaching my enthusiastic third graders, I cannot wait to open this book and discover which gems Kingsolver has laid sparkling and glistening on the pages.
 
Take the very first sentence, for example, “A certain feeling comes from throwing your good life away, and it is one part rapture.”
 
Or, read this one which I came upon last night, “Her anger collapsed into a familiar bottomless sorrow.”
 

83 comments

  1. You're already finished?! I'm about 1/3 in and I'm loving it. I agree that it's one of her best. I've read everything (with the exception of The Lacuna and Animal, Vegetable, Miracle) and loved her early works and The Poisonwood Bible. Prodigal Summer was probably my least favorite, but she's an amazing writer. I've got lots of passages marked in my ARC and plan to spend the day reading on the couch. No need to enter me, obviously. :)

    Let me know if you ever want to re-read The Bean Trees and Pigs in Heaven. I'd love to revisit those stories.

  2. This sounds incredible. I LOVED The Poisonwood Bible so if you think this is better, then I'm in for a treat. Thanks for the chance to win! I'd love to be entered. Regardless of whether I win, I will be finding myself a copy of this book when it's released. Thanks!

  3. Ooo please bitte s'il vous plait? I have read everything she's written – her books kind of grab you in a deep down place and are not easily forgotten (and I have to say I do forget plot lines pretty regularly – enjoy the experience but can't seem to retain the details). Thanks for the opportunity!

  4. I am not playing coy here, I want this book!!! I have read her wonderful books and articles and I am a huge fan.
    Thank you for the chance!

    Anna Mills
    fatdogfarm AT sbcglobal DOT net

  5. I have the very same book waiting to be read! (i.e., don't enter me). Good to hear you loved it. I've read most of Kingsolver's books and I am a bit of a fan, I guess.

    Thanks for joining the blog hop.

  6. Not yet read this writer, so this could be my opportunity, thanks.

    The Spaces of Hope

    I have experienced the spaces of hope,
    The spaces of moderate mercy. Experienced
    the places which suddenly set
    Into a random form: a lilac garden,
    A street in Florence, a morning room,
    A sea smeared with silver before the storm,
    Or a starless night lit only
    By a book on the table. The spaces of hope
    Are in time, not linked into
    A system of miracles, nor into a unity;
    They merely exist.As in Kanfanar,
    At the station; wind in a wild vine
    A quarter-century ago: one space of hope
    Another, set somewhere in the future,
    Is already destroying the void around it,
    Unclear but real. Probable.

    In the spaces of hope light grows,
    Free of charge, and voices are clearer,
    Death has a beautiful shadow, the lilac blooms later,
    But for that it looks like its first-ever flower.

    Ivan V. Lalic
    (trans: Francis R. Jones)

  7. Love this: In the spaces of hope light grows…

    We were at a play tonight, and the question was asked by a character, “What do you want to leave behind?” The writer's answer was, “Art and children”, but I want to leave behind hope.

  8. Did you read my mind? I DO want that. I loved Kingsolver when I first read The Poisonwood Bible. Prodigal Summer sealed the deal for me :) Yes, yes, yes, please draw my name :)

    readerrabbit22 at gmail.com

    PS. Thanks for the giveaway!

  9. This book-a-holic would love to read your Literary Hop Giveaway Book! I keep circling around Barbara Kingsolver's books that I must read.. I appreciate the chance to win a copy. Thank you!
    Cyndee Thomas
    cyndee(dot)thomas0(at)gmail.com

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