Across eight, clear-eyed novels, Barbara Kingsolver has fused grand and sometimes controversial themes with the gift of a true storyteller. An ecologist and biologist by training, Kingsolver shifted into fiction in 1988 and within a decade produced the masterful The Poisonwood Bible, a novel echoing her own year-long experience of living in the Congo.
Every book since seems to draw deeper on our complex relationships with our environment, notably the Appalachia-set Prodigal Summer, published in 2000, and the stunning Flight Behaviour of 2012, a story describing the subtle but real impact of climate change in rural Tennessee. A frequent name on awards shortlists, Kingsolver’s novel The Lacuna won the 2010 Orange Prize for Fiction (now the Women's Prize for Fiction), whilst Demon Copperhead – her inspired reimagining of Charles Dickens’ David Copperfield – scooped both the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the Women's Prize for Fiction in 2023.
Reimagining Dickens' David Copperfield for the modern age, the bestselling author of The Poisonwood Bible spins an utterly immersive bildungsroman rich in characterisation and grand narrative set pieces.
Books by Barbara Kingsolver
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