Maya Jaggi gets down and dirty in the Appalachians with Barbara Kingsolver’s Prodigal Summer. Barbara Kingsolver, a writer praised for her”extravagantly gifted narrative voice” Prodigal Summer weaves together three stories of human love within a larger. HA beguiling departure for Kingsolver, who generally tackles social themes with trenchantly serious messages, this sentimental but honest novel exhibits a.

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She had said ‘Try this’ when I confessed I had never been able to get into The Poisonwood Bible, didn’t want to read about missionaries in Africa. When Kingsolver was seven years old, her father, a physician, took the family to the former Republic of Congo in what is now the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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It’s my favorite Barbara Kingsolver novel. In an increasingly serious way, she will also have to continually confront the fact that this son of sheep ranchers cannot see proddigal coyote as anything but the enemy. The creek would be pure mud. Then I tried The Bean Treeswhich was a hit.

And anyway, I think that line sums up the depth of this book pretty well. I want to live there. This book centers around three main characters leading separate lives in one Southern mountain valley.

Prodigal Summer

I often wondered what a conversation might have sounded like between the two camps, if they ever collided in the teacher’s lounge. While small-town gossip and claustrophobia are evoked through Garnett’s back-biting pettiness and sensitivity kingolver imagined slights, the Appalachian “hillbillies” who pronounce “hell” to rhyme with “hail” are humanised not ridiculed, falling back on each other in hard times.


Feb 19, Heather rated it it was amazing.

Prodigal Summer was something special I just liked the idea of another unread novel by her being out there, waiting for me to read — something I was saving like a piece of rich dark chocolate. She is not a farmer herself, but a botanist and a “bug lady” and struggles with relating to anyone in her new family. The novel alternates between three stories whose links gradually emerge, in kihgsolver tiny community of people where, as one perplexed newcomer remarks: Published October 16th by Harper Perennial first published It is read by the author and she has such a lovely, soothing voice.

Hillbillies and other animals

I’ve read and enjoyed many books with female protaganists, but I felt somewhat excluded from Prodigal Summer. From her outpost proxigal an isolated mountain cabin, Deanna Wolfe, a reclusive wildlife biologist, watches pgodigal den of coyotes that have recently migrated into the region. The Circle of Life In this book author Barbara Kingsolver really takes the liberty within this book to assert her views on the circle of life, nature, the land, plant, animal and human life existing in conjunction to each other.

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Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver

After returning to the US inshe separated from her husband. Oct 21, meredith rated it it was ok. Recommended to Bethany by: Mind you, when you find books you love love love, you wish they’d never end.


And then there is Garnett, whose life seems to be sustained in large part by his ongoing feud with his neighbor, chemical-hating, certified organic orchardist Nannie Rawley. I know, it’s the backwards order I read these things.

Left in “terror of chemicals” partly by the birth of a Down’s syndrome daughter who died young, Nannie enforces a “no-spray zone” around her organic orchard. I love how Kingsolver can describe a tree, a rainstorm, a snake, a bug, a cabin in the woods and each time it’s different and beautiful.

The pace matches the story.

Yes, I’m a nature freak. Sep 08, Leigh Statham rated it did not like it Recommends it for: I am the kind of person whose mind usually wanders prodiga faced barnara descriptions of natural surroundings, but Kingsolver’s deep feelings for the natural world show in her simple but beautiful similes and metaphors of nature, which captured my recalcitrant mind utterly.

Kentucky sounds more interesting than I imagined, hillbillies are not stupid, and I’ve gotta see me a Luna moth!!

She makes me appreciate nature so much more. These themes are very interesting but perhaps overplayed and the divide between the better educated and informed women and the simpler farmers is not sufficiently nuanced but rather one sided in presentation.

The relationships are complex and sexy and intriguing.