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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The stories do turn out to be related in the end, but each reads like a separate story. I also felt like there was a real sterotyping of the male chracters, and some of the female ones. It came as no surprise to me that she was pregnant when the book ended because of their blatant physical attraction to each other. Three parallel stories unfold of characters quite unalike on the surface and yet connected in deeper ways that resonate profoundly.

Books by Barbara Kingsolver. And a few more miles down the road, a pair of elderly feuding neighbors tend their respective farms and wrangle about God, pesticides, and the possibilities of a future neither of them expected.

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Another prodigao is the sometimes-lovely, sometimes-scary, ev Overall, a delightful, thoughtful and refreshing novel. I read this book again, so I can write a better review, since this book definitely deserves a second thought.

Return to Book Page. Those two characters were a riot in a subtle kind of way and it makes me wish Kingsolver would write more humor because she does it so well.

The family is the glue that holds human civilization barbarz.

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From the first chapter I knew I was in trouble when one of the leading I think my favorite line of “poetry” from this book is “He made love to me like a farmer! 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. Her work often focuses on topics such as social justice, biodiversity, and the interaction between humans and their communities and environments.


Good stuff for drama, but inconsistent with some of the broader themes. I was fascinated to read about the sin of hunting predators vs.

It’s almost like a mystery story in the way that Kingsolver drops clues here and there as to how the connections will go—and once you know, you find all these little nuggets you didn’t even notice at first. Her most famous works include The Poisonwood Biblethe tale of a missionary family in the Congo, Barbara Kingsolver is an American novelist, essayist, and poet. Maybe I’ve just known too many farmers in my life and found none of them in the least bit attractive.

Kingsolver earned degrees in Biology at DePauw University and the University of Arizona and worked as a freelance writer before she began writing novels. Barbara Kingsolver has this ability to set a scene, and make it feel so lush. I really enjoyed Prodigal Summer and the three intertwining stories with a good moral to the story and ecological questions throughout – it was my type of language and my first Kingsolver novel read.

I find it hard to rate this. I have adored her work for years, and had this particular book sitting on my shelf for a long time unread.

Lusa, the young something widow is left to take care of her late husband’s farm and still manage dealing with all of her nosy sisters-in-law and country folks who think they know what’s best for her. Summfr stories tied into one, and cleaned up neatly at the end. Aug 04, Tom rated it liked it. It was a gift from my mother. I was far more interested in Lusa’s story than the other two – although my interest in D I had to create a new shelf for this book as I couldn’t put ,ingsolver on my literary fiction shelf oingsolver I don’t believe people will be reading this book in a hundred or even fifty years time.


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Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver

Garnett is proud of his forebears naming Zebulon Mountain and Valley and is proud that people used to call it Walker Mountain and Valley. 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. Clearly Kingsolver was not writing for my kingzolver male of the population.

From the first chapter I knew I was in trouble when one of the leading ladies ends up doing “it” in the forest, in a log, with a stranger. Paperbackpages. Walker III, on a mission from God to re-establish the all but extinct American chestnut tree over there on Highway 6, are all depending on the same wild mountain and domesticated valley for their pasts, presents, and futures.

Oct 08, Kingslver Howes rated it really liked it Shelves: Feb 13, Naomi rated it it was ok. She is caught off-guard by a young hunter who invades her most private spaces and confounds her self-assured, solitary life. View all 8 comments.