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Prodigal Summer

A Novel
Kingsolver, Barbara (Book - 2000)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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Barbara Kingsolver, a writer praised for her "extravagantly gifted narrative voice" ( New York Times Book Review ), has created with this novel a hymn to wildness that celebrates the prodigal spirit of human nature, and of nature itself. Prodigal Summer weaves together three stories of human love within a larger tapestry of lives inhabiting the forested mountains and struggling small farms of southern Appalachia. At the heart of these intertwined narratives is a den of coyotes that have recently migrated into the region. Deanna Wolfe, a reclusive wildlife biologist, watches the forest from her outpost in an isolated mountain cabin where she is caught off-guard by Eddie Bondo, a young hunter who comes to invade her most private spaces and confound her self-assured, solitary life. On a farm several miles down the mountain, another web of lives unfolds as Lusa Maluf Landowski, a bookish city girl turned farmer's wife, finds herself unexpectedly marooned in a strange place where she must declare or lose her attachment to the land. 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 complexities of a world neither of them expected. Over the course of one humid summer, as the urge to procreate overtakes a green and profligate countryside, these characters find connections to one another and to the flora and fauna with which they necessarily share a place. Their discoveries are embedded inside countless intimate lessons of biology, the realities of small farming, and the final, urgent truth that humans are only one part of life on earth. With the richness that characterizes Barbara Kingsolver's finest work, Prodigal Summer embraces pure thematic originality and demonstrates a balance of narrative and ideas that only an accomplished novelist could render so beautifully. :
Authors: Kingsolver, Barbara
Title: Prodigal summer
a novel
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins Publishers, c2000
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: xi, 444 p. ;,24 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Barbara Kingsolver
ISBN: 9780060199654
0060199652
Branch Call Number: FICTION KINGSOLVE
Subject Headings: Appalachian Region, Southern Fiction Mountain life Fiction Farm life Fiction
Genre/Form: Domestic fiction
Topical Term: Mountain life
Farm life
LCCN: 00061361
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Jun 19, 2012
  • kitkat110706 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Almost finished reading this gem for the second time. I'm in so much love with it. It's raw emotion is so beautifully presented, and the characters develop and intertwine with a primal grace that can only come from Ms. Kingsolver. I appreciate the geography lesson of the Appalachian country in addition to the amazing story.

Read this book!

Feb 02, 2012
  • KristaR rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Lovely. Beautifully written and the characters were people I grew to like and care about - loved the subtle and overt connections between the characters and the characters and their environment.

Excellently written, and the perfect book to read during a heat wave. I like how the lives of different women interwine.

Jun 23, 2011
  • emilysteeves rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I loved this beautiful story, the characters and the imagery. A story for the spring time, about newness and growth of all kinds.

May 01, 2011
  • sasie rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This writing in this book was lovely and it gave a beautiful image of the Appalachians but the truth is that nothing much happened in this novel. The strength of the story came from the development and growth of the characters, and Kingsolver did an excellent job of this, but I kept waiting through the whole book for the story to come together into something bigger or more complex and it never really did. I did enjoy getting to know the characters in the book but I felt let down by the story line

Sep 11, 2009
  • beckylunatic rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Funny, moving, and masterfully written... as are all the best books. Interspersed through the text are all kinds of ecological facts, clearly showing how all living things are as connected to each other as the characters in the novel, even when they don't know it. Wonderful!

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