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Prodigal Summer

Prodigal Summer


Prodigal Summer

ratings:
4.5/5 (216 ratings)
Length:
15 hours
Publisher:
Released:
Nov 8, 2005
ISBN:
9780060894634
Format:
Audiobook

Description

Triumphing once again, Barbara Kingsolver has written a beautiful new 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 in 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 them from 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 her solitary life. Down the mountain, another web of lives unfolds as Lusa Maluf Landowski, a bookish city girl turned farmer's wife, finds herself in a strange place where she must declare or lose her attachment to the land that has become her own. 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 possibilities the future holds.

Over the course of one long summer, these characters find connections to one another, and to the land, and the final, urgent truth that humans are only one piece of life on earth.

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Publisher:
Released:
Nov 8, 2005
ISBN:
9780060894634
Format:
Audiobook

About the author

Barbara Kingsolver is the author of ten bestselling works of fiction, including the novels Unsheltered, Flight Behavior, The Lacuna, The Poisonwood Bible, Animal Dreams, and The Bean Trees, as well as books of poetry, essays, and creative nonfiction. Her work of narrative nonfiction is the influential bestseller Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life. Kingsolver’s work has been translated into more than twenty languages and has earned literary awards and a devoted readership at home and abroad. She was awarded the National Humanities Medal, our country’s highest honor for service through the arts, as well as the Dayton Literary Peace Prize for the body of her work. She lives with her family on a farm in southern Appalachia. 



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  • (5/5)
    This is a lovely tale of interweaving narratives, taking place in an Appalachian wilderness. Kingsolver's themes are survival of loss, the cycle of fertility, wildlife management - and the author deals with these themes in a lush, vivid, gratifying way. She brings quite a bit of expertise to the technical side, and truckloads of wisdom and compassion to the human side.
  • (4/5)
    Kingsolver weaves together 3 stories of love, loss, family and nature. Nature takes a front seat in this novel, weaving through all 3 stories which do not exactly come together, but are related in seemingly mysterious ways. Very enjoyable read.
  • (4/5)
    Kingsolver writes so well to present interesting characters. Her information regarding animals and nature is too detailed, although I did learn from the descriptions. There were too many coincidences, but the book was a worthwhile read.
  • (5/5)
    Absolutely outrageous.
  • (5/5)
    Great read. Loved it.
  • (5/5)
    I loved everything about this audiobook. The characters are fleshed out, flawed but admirable, and seem very authentic. There isn’t a lot of action, but the interweaving stories are compelling and I wanted to listen all the time. There is an underlying message about the environment and our natural world, but it did not feel preachy. The writing is superb: rich and beautifully detailed, reading it seemed to involve all of my senses.