It's a novel set in the mountains of East Tennessee, in a Bible-belt community that thinks the coming of monarch butterflies is a miracle from God — while the scientists think it's an ecological disaster caused by climate changes.Flight Behavior sounds to me like it's right up our alley, Shirley says it sounds good to her, Alison has already gotten this book from the library, and — I'll let you in on Zorro's secret life that I learned as she was planning her visit here to Tennessee and emailed this:
"Would you like to see the new Monarch butterfly 3D IMAX movie with us? Do you know that I do teacher workshops for the Monarch Larvae Monitoring Project? I don't think I have mentioned that I am a butterfly enthusiast! I also help with a monarch research group at the Univ. of Georgia. So I am very excited to see the movie while I am there. It is not showing here."Aha! Mary is an expert on butterflies, especially monarch butterflies. I'd say having a knowledgeable person in our midst would make the discussion of this book all the more interesting.
Because it's a new book, my library allowed me only seven days to read and return the book. It may be difficult for you to get, too. We won't read our next book until January, so some of you may get a copy feom Santa, if you ask early enough. Read more about it here at an NPR site about Barbara Kingsolver that Donna found for us. These three links are specifically about Flight Behavior:
- Giving Wing To A Story Of Climate Change (All Things Considered, Nov. 8, 2012)
- Flight Behavior Weds Issues To A Butterfly Narrative (Book review, Nov. 6, 2012)
- Barbara Kingsolver's Flight Behavior (First Reads, Oct. 17, 2012)
Update: Mary/Zorro also found this article on "Fall of the Monarchs" = http://inthesetimes.com/article/14215/fall_of_the_monarchs/