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Demon Copperhead: A Novel
Demon Copperhead: A Novel
Demon Copperhead: A Novel
Audiobook21 hours

Demon Copperhead: A Novel

Written by Barbara Kingsolver

Narrated by Charlie Thurston

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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A NEW YORK TIMES "TEN BEST BOOKS OF 2022"

An Oprah’s Book Club Selection • An Instant New York Times Bestseller • An Instant Wall Street Journal Bestseller • A #1 Washington Post Bestseller 

"Demon is a voice for the ages—akin to Huck Finn or Holden Caulfield—only even more resilient.” —Beth Macy, author of Dopesick

"May be the best novel of 2022. . . . Equal parts hilarious and heartbreaking, this is the story of an irrepressible boy nobody wants, but readers will love.” (Ron Charles, Washington Post)

From the acclaimed author of The Poisonwood Bible and The Bean Trees, a brilliant novel that enthralls, compels, and captures the heart as it evokes a young hero’s unforgettable journey to maturity

Set in the mountains of southern Appalachia, Demon Copperhead is the story of a boy born to a teenaged single mother in a single-wide trailer, with no assets beyond his dead father’s good looks and copper-colored hair, a caustic wit, and a fierce talent for survival. Relayed in his own unsparing voice, Demon braves the modern perils of foster care, child labor, derelict schools, athletic success, addiction, disastrous loves, and crushing losses. Through all of it, he reckons with his own invisibility in a popular culture where even the superheroes have abandoned rural people in favor of cities.

Many generations ago, Charles Dickens wrote David Copperfield from his experience as a survivor of institutional poverty and its damages to children in his society. Those problems have yet to be solved in ours. Dickens is not a prerequisite for readers of this novel, but he provided its inspiration. In transposing a Victorian epic novel to the contemporary American South, Barbara Kingsolver enlists Dickens’ anger and compassion, and above all, his faith in the transformative powers of a good story. Demon Copperhead speaks for a new generation of lost boys, and all those born into beautiful, cursed places they can’t imagine leaving behind.

LanguageEnglish
PublisherHarperAudio
Release dateOct 18, 2022
ISBN9780063252004
Demon Copperhead: A Novel
Author

Barbara Kingsolver

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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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
    Great story Coming of age in a troubled world No sugarcoat
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
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    Absolutely incredible, this book is so heartbreaking with the cruel devastating truth of too many. It’s also bittersweet, in the same sense. This story shows the depths a person can fall to and still come out on the other side.

    I couldn’t recommend this enough to anyone, it’s truly life changing with the perspective that you experience the story through.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
    Excellent book. Great narrator. A little long in the addiction part but a great listen overall and very enlightening.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
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    Very engaging story. She is a talented writer. This is a thought-provoking commentary on rural poverty and the opioid epidemic. The narration was amazing!
    The only drawback for me was some of the crass language/topics in certain spots. I won’t deny that it’s likely a true reflection of reality but is something I would be embarrassed for even my young adult children to hear.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
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    One of my top 5 books of all time and my favorite Kingsolver book. The narrator was amazing, which only added to the brilliance of the story.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
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    Kingsolver has a gift. She somehow immerses her reader into a world perfectly accurate to the place and situation yet still artistically crafted into symbolic statement. Amazing. I am a recovered addict and I just do not understand how she knew what it was like in the mist suttle ways that people never think of. Rarely have I seen the world of addiction portrayed so very accurately and without stigma in any form of media. I was just astounded. And grateful.