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  • Published: New York : HarperCollins Publishers, c2000.
  • Year Published: 2000
  • Edition: 1st ed.
  • Description: 444 p.
  • Language: English
  • Format: Book

Reading Level

  • Lexile: 870

ISBN/Standard Number

  • 0060959037 (softcover)
  • 0060199652 :


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Prodigal summer

by Kingsolver, Barbara.

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Appalachian summer

I grew up in rural Appalachia and Kingsolver's rich description of small rural farms abutting thick, lush forests made me feel so close to home. As always with her books, her character development was lovely, and their trials and tribulations served as an interesting backdrop to the ecological themes (value of predators over prey, land use management, forestry stewardship, organic farming practices, etc.) that Kingsolver brings to the fore throughout the novel. At times some of those very themes feel a bit belabored and redundant, but there are a few moments where the arguments presented by the characters reach beyond the typical dialogue to offer up something truly provocative and unique. Those moments, along with Kingsolver's endearing characters and rich description, make this book worth reading.

Sensual and joyous

Having grown up in Virginia, I know the kinds of summers Kingsolver describes. The several interwoven story lines address personal transformation lived in the progress of a season. I adore this book for its spontaneity and humor.

Well-written, slow-starting

Barbara Kingsolver writes strong, lyrical prose. The descriptions of nature and Appalachian farm life are beautifully creative - they really capture the reader. That being said, this book took me about 75-100 pages to really get into.

The book develops three separate story lines - very separate, considering that each of the characters lives in selective isolation. These individual story lines are interesting on their own, but what emerges as even more impressive is how gradually and expertly Kingsolver weaves them together. By the time they connect, the reader has developed a new understanding of the meaning of place, community and life as relates to each of these enjoyable and likeable characters.

I chose this book to kick off my fledgling book club and it was unanimously adored. We had a great discussion and were so enthusiastic about this author that we selected "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle" for next month.

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