Linda Barton, October 23, 2014 (view all comments by Linda Barton)
This was the best book I have read in months. You become engossed in each of the characters as their lives play out in this Appalachia community. It begins with Deanna, happy with her solitude in the mountians as a wildlife biologist, only to have it interrupted by Eddy, a hunter who has come to hunt the coyotes. Luca, a well educated city girl who married a local man and became a farmers wife. Garret, an elderly widower. He too living in solitude since his wifes passing,raises a few vegetables and nurses his struggeling chestnut trees. His pesticides are the bane of his neighbor Nanny, who is an organic farmer and as they clash you understand each one's passion. Throughout spring, summer and into fall, each character's life changes, some dramatically, but the story ends showing how each individual persons life is very much intertwinned with the others. Each holds a special place in this impressive story.
Kinsolver writes with precision, rich in descriptions of not only the characters but this beautiful part of the country.
pearl, July 29, 2008 (view all comments by pearl)
As a woman who feels connected to farming and nature, I found this book to be a beautiful ode to humans' complicated participation in the natural world. Kingsolver's writing is surprisingly beautiful and honest...I found myself laughing out loud, re-reading passages in wonder at the author's skill, and yes, crying. This is the best novel I have ever read. It put into words many things I have been trying to understand.
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tolerford, July 4, 2008 (view all comments by tolerford)
This is a book I could not put down, could not wait to get back to. Kingsolver is completely entrancing, perfectly coordinating her interwoven plots so deftly and unpredictably that you almost don't mind each next switch.
You're enlightened, learning more detail from her vast knowledge of natural facts. You're enchanted by her exquisite prose. You're moved by her devotion to the nuances of character. This, of hers, absorbed me more than any before or since. It's the kind of book you give to your favorite nature-loving people.
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by New York Times Book Review,
"[An] extravagantly gifted narrative voice."
by San Francisco Chronicle,
"A blend of breathtaking artistry, encyclopedic knowledge of the natural world...and ardent commitment to the supremacy of nature."
by Christian Science Monitor,
"Prodigal Summer is full of...tenderness, humour and earthy spirituality....Kingsolver's dialogue is absolutely natural, often funny, and sometimes heartbreaking."
"[Kingslover's] sexy, lyrical fifth novel renders our solitary yearnings with a finely trained eye and ear."
by Kirkus Reviews,
"A complex web of human and natural struggle and interdependency is analyzed with an invigorating mixture of intelligence and warmth....This deservedly popular writer takes risks that most of her contemporaries wouldn't touch with the proverbial ten-foot pole. Prodigal Summer is another triumphant vindication of her very distinctive art."
by New York Times,
"In an improbably appealing book with the feeling of a nice stay inside a terrarium, Ms. Kingsolver means to illustrate the nature of biological destiny and provide enlightened discourse on various ecological matters."
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