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Prodigal Summer

Kingsolver, Barbara

(Audiobook CD - 2000)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Prodigal Summer
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Best-selling novelist Barbara Kingsolver has delighted readers with novels like The Bean Trees and Pigs in Heaven. In Prodigal Summer, she turns her magical talents to three intertwined stories of a single lush Appalachian summer. A reclusive biologist watches with excitement as coyotes move onto the isolated mountain she patrols, unaware of the personal changes in store for her when she lets another stranger into her own most private spaces. On a farm down the mountain, a bookish city girl finds herself suddenly widowed, her life full of ghosts from the past and her future clouded in uncertainty. Down the road from the widow's farm, two elderly neighbors feud over everything from pesticides to God, gradually becoming aware of bonds that connect the two of them beneath their arguments. In a pattern as delicate as a moth's wings, Kingsolver weaves these three stories into a moving tapestry showing the fragile, unexpected ways that all of nature's aspects--including human lives--are intricately connected.
Publisher: Prince Frederick, MD : Recorded Books, p2000
ISBN: 0788771825
Branch Call Number: CD Fiction KINGSOLV
Characteristics: 13 sound discs (15 hr.) :,digital ;,4 3/4 in

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Author's strong ecological viewpoint very evident throughout this novel. At times, I felt that it interfered with the story line.

Apr 26, 2014
  • librarylizzard rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This has been my favorite book of the year so far. I love Kingsolver's meditations on nature and the farming lifestyle. In this book the conflict between organic/non-organic farming methods is riveting. I enjoyed the story threads from all three of the main characters and couldn't wait for the next chapter so I could find out more! A must read for anyone that enjoys reading about the great outdoors or just needs a jump-start into the spring mindset.

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