Barbara Kingsolver grew up in rural Kentucky in a family that encouraged reading and nature study, but strongly discouraged TV-watching. She studied biology at DePauw University, then spent a few years working in Europe. Curious about the American Southwest, she came home to settle in Tucson, where she eventually pursued graduate studies in ecology at the University of Arizona. After graduate school she worked as a scientific writer and a freelance journalist and, eventually, became a full-time writer. Her first novel, THE BEAN TREES, was published in 1988 to much critical acclaim, and won awards from the American Library Association, PEN, and the American Booksellers Association, among others. In addition to fiction, Kingsolver has written articles on social and environmental topics.
"The world Kingsolver creates is caring and keen on recycling....HOMELAND has too many homilies and while we can learn from them, take heed and gain insight into our relationships, they detract from the writing. There are good characters waiting for an opportunity to develop and they are crushed by the importance of the messages being delivered."
"Despite their contemporary dilemmas, these stories, with their quiet epiphanies and insistent hope, seem refreshingly old-fashioned....Barbara Kingsolver writes with compassion....Her empathy with characters she plainly loves, her understanding of their impossible situations, make HOMELAND a strong collection, in which cool observation is balanced by tenderness, anger by forgiveness."
From the Publisher
Twelve short stories about people living on the edge, portrayed with sympathy and insight by Barbara Kingsolver.