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Animal Dreams by Barbara Kingsolver
Animal Dreams

JaimeJRich, September 20, 2011

Animal Dreams is my favorite book of all time. I picked it out from my Jr. High library (15 years ago) because of the colorful book cover, and I'm so glad it did, because Kingsolver and her protagonist actually inspired me to move to the desert, where I spent several idyllic years of my life. This is a book very much centered around it's setting -- a small town in Southern Arizona -- so if you have any fondness for the Tucson area, Native American & Hispanic border culture, and the magical beauty of the Southwest, you will probably enjoy the book based on this alone. The story centers around Cosima "Codi" Noline, a 30-something medical school dropout who we first see working in a 7-11. She is extremely close to her dynamic younger sister, Haley, a passionate humanitarian who is helping peasant revolutionaries in Central America. While Haley is off trying to save the world, Codi is drifting through her life aimlessly, unable to hold on to a real relationship or make goals for herself. She returns to her hometown to take care of her Alzheimer's-ridden father, and we see exactly why she's spent her whole adult life running away from things. Animal Dreams is a story of hope and forgiveness, and it's written beautifully. Barbara Kingsolver is a scientist with the soul of a poet.
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