Prodigal Summer

Prodigal Summer

A Novel

Book Club Kit - 2000
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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 beautifully.

Publisher: New York : HarperCollins Publishers, c2000
ISBN: 9780060199654
0060199652
9780060959036
Characteristics: xi, 444 p. ; 24 cm
10 books and 1 reading guide in a plastic totte

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peacebenow
Jul 08, 2017

Another Great book by B. Kingsolver. Each of the main characters grow and interact delightfully w/ the world around them. So enjoyed the reveling in nature and the natural world. More than relevant into days world when so much of our natural world is under assault by our President (lack of care or interest) and by big business who's product likely are killing off bees and infecting our food supply. (My only little commentary) My admiration of her continues!

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miaone
Feb 01, 2017

I love this book; I've re-read it several times and probably will do so again. It speaks to a deep and tender part of me.

Chapel_Hill_KenMc Dec 20, 2014

A wonderful novel of fertility and ecology, packed with information on various naturalist topics. Kingsolver can be rather preachy and heavy-handed with her ecological statements, but her plot and characters are so fulfilling and fascinating, it's easy to forgive some overbearing writing.

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lorhu
Jul 09, 2012

Wonderful book! Teaches you so much about nature and about predator and prey. I remember loving this book so much I am writing a review over a year after I read it.

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kitkat110706
Jun 19, 2012

Almost finished reading this gem for the second time. I'm in so much love with it. It's raw emotion is so beautifully presented, and the characters develop and intertwine with a primal grace that can only come from Ms. Kingsolver. I appreciate the geography lesson of the Appalachian country in addition to the amazing story.

Read this book!

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KristaR
Feb 02, 2012

Lovely. Beautifully written and the characters were people I grew to like and care about - loved the subtle and overt connections between the characters and the characters and their environment.

Cordelia Jul 23, 2011

Excellently written, and the perfect book to read during a heat wave. I like how the lives of different women interwine.

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emilysteeves
Jun 23, 2011

I loved this beautiful story, the characters and the imagery. A story for the spring time, about newness and growth of all kinds.

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sasie
May 01, 2011

This writing in this book was lovely and it gave a beautiful image of the Appalachians but the truth is that nothing much happened in this novel. The strength of the story came from the development and growth of the characters, and Kingsolver did an excellent job of this, but I kept waiting through the whole book for the story to come together into something bigger or more complex and it never really did. I did enjoy getting to know the characters in the book but I felt let down by the story line

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beckylunatic
Sep 01, 2009

Funny, moving, and masterfully written... as are all the best books. Interspersed through the text are all kinds of ecological facts, clearly showing how all living things are as connected to each other as the characters in the novel, even when they don't know it. Wonderful!

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