I book myself a round trip ticket to someone else’s story as I flip open my next Barbara Kingsolver novel. “Flight Behavior” is a fitting name for a piece of fiction; a mental migration from fixed coordinates. Immersion in the text affords a bird’s-eye view of a life I didn’t have to live, full of insights I didn’t suffer to gain. Each time we step into a story, we have an opportunity to widen the angle of our point of view, to expand our identity, and build compassion for characters different from ourselves. And when we return home, we have the space to shift our behavior.

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