The Poisonwood Bible

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Faber & Faber, Sep 4, 2008 - Fiction - 640 pages

'Breathtaking.' Sunday Times
'Exquisite.' The Times
'Beautiful.' Independent
'Powerful.' New York Times

An international bestseller and a modern classic, this suspenseful epic of one family's tragic undoing and their remarkable reconstruction has been read, adored and shared by millions around the world.

This story is told by the wife and four daughters of Nathan Price, a fierce, evangelical Baptist who takes his family and mission to the Belgian Congo in 1959.

They carry with them everything they believe they will need from home, but soon find that all of it - from garden seeds to Scripture - is calamitously transformed on African soil.

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User Review  - electrascaife - LibraryThing

I'm giving up on this one. It's just not my jam. I don't like any of the characters and outright loathe a few of them, plus snakes. Also, it seems clear that Kingsolver is chasing after Faulkner vibes, and, well, good for her but that's a big NOPE from me. Read full review

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User Review  - RayLynneSH - LibraryThing

Lush with Barbara Kinsolver’s typical detail, this story transported me to a time and place I knew little about. The characters have distinct, interesting voices, and though I could see the train ... Read full review


Authors Note
BOOK THREE The judges
BOOK SIX Song of the Three Children

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Barbara Kingsolver's fourteen books of fiction, poetry and non-fiction include the novels the international bestseller The Poisonwood Bible, which is now considered a modern classic and was chosen as the best reading group novel ever at the Penguin/Orange Awards, and The Lacuna, which won the Orange Prize for Fiction in 2010. Her latest novel is Flight Behaviour.

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