Prodigal Summer

Prodigal Summer

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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 more

Product details

  • Hardback | 624 pages
  • 154.94 x 228.6 x 40.64mm | 725.74g
  • HarperCollins Publishers Inc
  • HarperCollins
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Large type / large print
  • Large type edition
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0060199660
  • 9780060199661
  • 907,388

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"[An] extravagantly gifted narrative voice."-- "New York Times Book Review""Kingsolver is a gifted magician of words."-- "Time""Ms. Kingsolver's writing is generously well-grafted; choice moments ... radiate from nearly every page."--" Wall Street Journal "[Kingslover's] sexy, lyrical fifth novel renders our solitary yearnings with a finely trained eye and ear."--" People Magazine "Compelling ... Lives that are less simple, and far more passionate, than they appear."--" Glamour MagazineKingsolver deftly addresses the struggle between mankind and nature ... A lush ... novel of love and loss in Appalachia." --" US Magazine"PRODIGAL SUMMER is full of ... tenderness, humour and earthy spirituality ... Kingsolver's dialogue is absolutely natural, often funny, and sometimes heartbreaking."--" Christian Science Monitor ..". a story of the many ways to define family -- human or not ... full of joy, warmth, and sweet surprise."--" Creative Loafing "A blend of breathtaking artistry, encyclopedic knowledge of the natural world ... and ardent commitment to the supremacy of nature."--" San Francisco Chronicle "A warm, intricately constructed book shot through with an extraordinary amount of insight and information about the wonders of the invisible world."--" Newsweek "A triumphant return to the southern Appalachians of her own childhood."--" Orlando Sentinel "As lush, rich and abundant as nature itself ... PRODIGAL SUMMER is quietly breathtaking, and its vista awe-inspiring."--" Buffalo Newsshow more

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