Well-written, slow-starting
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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.