Reviews by jmenik
Slow to start, great book
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I love Barbara Kingsolver's work, but I still had a hard time getting into this rich and complex story. It winds a little more than I prefer, but the ending is a spectacular reward for your patience!
Losing and gaining family
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Here Kingsolver again addresses one of her perennial topics--what it is like to grow as an individual through the loss and gain of family members. Great storyline, with some sweet sassy characters!
Sweet
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This book is a sweet and poignant exploration of relationships--in families and in communities. Kingsolver's style is not as mature in this volume as in some of her later ones, but it is still a joy to read. Teen-friendly.
Sensual and joyous
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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.
Ah, the good old days!
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This was my favorite movie when I was 14 or 15. Now, not so much. Funny snap-shot of late-80s/early-90s pop culture obsession, and not so low-brow in humor as its sequals.