The Poisonwood Bible: A Novel

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The Poisonwood Bible: A Novel

by Barbara Kingsolver

HARPERCOLLINS MASS MARKET | January 16, 2003 | Mass Market Paperbound

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In 1959, Nathan Price, a fierce, evangelical Baptist, takes his four young daughters, his wife, and his mission to the Belgian Congo -- a place, he is sure, where he can save needy souls. But the seeds they plant bloom in tragic ways within this complex culture. Set against one of the most dramatic political events of the twentieth century -- the Congo's fight for independence from Belgium and its devastating consequences -- here is New York Times-bestselling author Barbara Kingslover's beautiful, heartbreaking, and unforgettable epic that chronicles the disintegration of family and a nation.

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Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 672 pages, 2.66 × 1.65 × 0.53 in

Published: January 16, 2003

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS MASS MARKET

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0060512822

ISBN - 13: 9780060512828

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The Poisonwood Bible: A Novel

by Barbara Kingsolver

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 672 pages, 2.66 × 1.65 × 0.53 in

Published: January 16, 2003

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS MASS MARKET

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0060512822

ISBN - 13: 9780060512828

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In 1959, Nathan Price, a fierce, evangelical Baptist, takes his four young daughters, his wife, and his mission to the Belgian Congo -- a place, he is sure, where he can save needy souls. But the seeds they plant bloom in tragic ways within this complex culture. Set against one of the most dramatic political events of the twentieth century -- the Congo's fight for independence from Belgium and its devastating consequences -- here is New York Times-bestselling author Barbara Kingslover's beautiful, heartbreaking, and unforgettable epic that chronicles the disintegration of family and a nation.

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About the Author

" Barbara Kingsolver was born on April 8, 1955. She grew up ""in the middle of an alfalfa field,"" in the part of eastern Kentucky that lies between the opulent horse farms and the impoverished coal fields. While her family has deep roots in the region, she never imagined staying there herself. ""The options were limited--grow up to be a farmer or a farmer’s wife."" Kingsolver has always been a storyteller: ""I used to beg my mother to let me tell her a bedtime story."" As a child, she wrote stories and essays and, beginning at the age of eight, kept a journal religiously. Still, it never occurred to Kingsolver that she could become a professional writer. Growing up in a rural place, where work centered mainly on survival, writing didn’t seem to be a practical career choice. Besides, the writers she read, she once explained, ""were mostly old, dead men. It was inconceivable that I might grow up to be one of those myself . . . "" Kingsolver left Kentucky to attend DePauw University in Indiana, where she majored in biology. She also took one creative writing course, and became active in the last anti-Vietnam War protests. After graduating in 1977, Kingsolver lived and worked in widely scattered places. In the early eighties, she pursued graduate studies in biology and ecology at the University of Arizona in Tucson, where she received a Masters of Science degree. She also enrolled in a writing class taught by author Francine Prose, whose work Kingsolver admires. Kingsolver’s fic
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