"The writing of fiction is a dance between truth and invention," says the author, and here she not only dances but floats, flutters and shudders with the millions of monarch butterflies that roost inexplicably on a Tennessee hillside. As narrator, Kingsolver nails her protagonist's Appalachian accent and her balancing act of domestic simplicity and intelligence. She also employs a striking Virgin Islands accent for the charismatic scientist who is dispatched to explore the oddity. Kingsolver's literary and scientific eloquence spotlights the strange ecological phenomena that forebode drastic climate change. (Monarchs are meant to migrate from Canada to Mexico, not descend on rural Tennessee.) Environmental, scientific, economic, religious, and political issues collide as the town's struggling residents strive to comprehend the ethereal sight—a modern miracle to many, a potential cash cow to others. A.W. © AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine [Published: OCTOBER 2012]
Fiction 14.75 hrs. Unabridged © 2012
Trade Ed. Harper Audio 2012
CD ISBN 9780062124326 $44.99 Thirteen CDs
DD ISBN 9780062124319 $34.99
Library Ed. Recorded Books 2012
CS ISBN 978-1-4703-2949-5 $123.75 #149; Thirteen cassettes
CD ISBN 978-1-4703-2634-0 $123.75 Thirteen CDs
MP3-CD ISBN 978-1-4703-2950-1 $64.75 Two MP3-CDs
DD ISBN 978-1-4703-2635-7 $109.00
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