Prodigal Summer

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  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-03-30
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publications

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Barbara Kingsolver's fifth novel is a hymn to wildness that celebrates the prodigal spirit of human nature, and of nature itself. It weaves together three stories of human love within a larger tapestry of lives amid the mountains and farms of southern Appalachia. Over the course of one humid summer, this novel's intriguing protagonists face disparate predicaments but find connections to one another and to the flora and fauna with which they necessarily share a place.

In a beautiful hymn to wildness, Kingsolver celebrates the prodigal spirit of human nature and of nature itself. Over the course of one humid summer, as the urge to procreate takes over the countryside, the novel's characters find their connections to one another in the forested mountains of southern Appalachia.

"... a story of the many ways to define family -- human or not ... full of joy, warmth, and sweet surprise." - Creative Loafing

"A blend of breathtaking artistry, encyclopedic knowledge of the natural world ... and ardent commitment to the supremacy of nature." - San Francisco Chronicle

"A triumphant return to the southern Appalachians of her own childhood." - Orlando Sentinel

"As lush, rich and abundant as nature itself ... Prodigal Summer is quietly breathtaking, and its vista awe-inspiring." - Buffalo News

"Compelling ... Lives that are less simple, and far more passionate, than they appear." - Glamour Magazine

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Kingsolver's best yet April 27, 2011
This new textbook by Barbara Kingsolver has a definite place in my list of the top 5 novels of this year. It consists of three interlocked tales set in the Appalachians. The chapters switch focus from one set of characters to the next. Even though the characters from each story never interact directly, by the end you can feel the ways in which they're all connected. I highly recommend reading this cheap textbook if you enjoy laid back novels about real humans. I also recommend getting the audio book of Prodigal Summer, narrated by Kingsolver herself.
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