(Please note different start time!)
Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver
In fictional Feathertown, Tennessee, Dellarobia Turnbow–on the run from her stifling life–charges up the mountain above her husband’s family farm and stumbles onto a “valley of fire” filled with millions of monarch butterflies. This vision is deemed miraculous by the town’s parishioners, then the international media. But when Ovid, a scientist who studies monarch behavior, sets up a lab on the Turnbow farm, he learns that the butterflies’ presence signals systemic disorder–and Dellarobia’s in-laws’ logging plans won’t help. Readers who bristle at politics made personal may be turned off by the strength of Kingsolver’s convictions, but she never reduces her characters to mouthpieces, giving equal weight to climate science and human need, to forces both biological and biblical. Her concept of family encompasses all living beings, however ephemeral, and Flight Behavior gracefully, urgently contributes to the dialogue of survival on this swiftly tilting planet.
An extra special TEBC this month! An evening of dinner and discussion. Angie Babbit of Monarch Watch will present a program about the plight of the Monarch butterfly. Our book this month is a companion to the presentation. Copies of the book are available at the library. Love to have you join us. If you plan to joining us for the dinner portion of the evening, reservations are required.