Prodigal Summer : A Novel (Paperback)

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Wildlife biologist Deanna is caught off guard by an intrusive young hunter, while bookish famers wife Lusa finds herself facing a difficult identity choice, and elderly neighbors find attraction at the height of a long-standing feud. Reprint. 350,000 first printing. *Author: Kingsolver, Barbara *Subtitle: A Novel *Publication Date: 2001/10/01 *Number of Pages: 444 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 1.25 *Width: 5.25 *Height: 8.00

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Publisher Harpercollins
Mfg Part# 9780060959036
SKU 30802916
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0060959037
Release Date 4/10/2007
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Dimensions (in Inches) 8H x 5.25L x 1.25T
Author Info
Barbara Kingsolver
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.
Praise
"[A] vibrant new novel....[A]n improbably appealing book with the feeling of a nice stay inside a terrarium."
"Readers hoping for the emotional intensity and wide-angle vision of THE POISONWOOD BIBLE...will most likely be disappointed....Kingsolver is an ambitious writer, but here she has bitten off a lot that she doesn't really chew. A richer book might've given life to the hunter's worldview and Bible Belt ignorance rather than setting them up like bowling pins to be knocked down....PRODIGAL SUMMER has its plot twists, few of them surprising....In the end the expendable males have disappeared, and the women and children band together in their own blended families, like the coyotes....This may be an attractive fable, but it doesn't make for the kind of psychologically complex literature Kingsolver is well capable of."
"Kingsolver is an able realist writer, whose delicately wrought plots are characteristically improbable and satisfying....PRODIGAL SUMMER is the least satisfying of Kingsolver's novels....[T]he tendentious ecological diatribes with which each woman tries to educate her chosen mate become highly tedious here."
From the Publisher
Annotation Set in Appalachia, Kingsolver's very pastoral novel tells the stories of three women who live close to the land. A wildlife biologist studying coyotes is fascinated by a young man with a passion for hunting. An intellectually inclined farmer's wife finds she must stand up for what she believes in. And two elderly country people battle about everything from religion to pesticides, and make startling changes in their lives.
Editors Note Barbara Kingsolver's fifth novel is a hymn to wildness that celebrates the prodigal spirit of human nature, and of nature itself. It weaves together three stories of human love within a larger tapestry of lives amid the mountains and farms of southern Appalachia. Over the course of one humid summer, this novel's intriguing protagonists face disparate predicaments but find connections to one another and to the flora and fauna with which they necessarily share a place.
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Number of Pages 0464
Publisher Harper Perennial

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