Prodigal Summer: A Novel

Paperback | October 16, 2001

byBarbara Kingsolver

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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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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...

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...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:464 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 1.05 inPublished:October 16, 2001Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0060959037

ISBN - 13:9780060959036

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Decent but not Great I loved the Poisonwood Bible and so was excited to read this but found it disappointing. It did not hold my interest but I did make myself finish it.
Date published: 2012-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Great Read This is an amazing book. The writing is wonderful, the characters seem so real you feel you know them and you get a real feel for the place and time. I highly recommend this book.
Date published: 2007-11-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from refreshing read Great summer read. Kingsolver's style makes it hard to put this book down...I think I finished it in 3-4 days!! It is an easy read, but with origainal characters and plots. Perfect for a weekend at the cottage.
Date published: 2006-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hot, sexy, and funny, her best book so far. Prodigal Summer by far, one of the hottest books that I have ever read. The love scenes make you melt into the pages. Clearly, Barbara Kingsolver has had a sexual awakening. Her book fills the reader with passion, love, and laughter. She uses the healing power of nature to mend the lives of three broken souls. I will never feel alone . . . thank you Barbara Kingsolver.
Date published: 2006-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Prodigal Summer This is my first Kingsolver book and I will definitely be reading others. I thoroughly enjoyed it and had a very hard time putting it down. Her writing is amazing and her knowledge of nature incredible. I learned so much. Excellent Book!!
Date published: 2002-01-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Prodigal Summer Barbara Kingsolver is a writer I have just discovered and I am very glad I did. This is a novel with characters that are real and with universal themes very relevant to present day interests and problems. As well there is a constant awareness of the natural environment and the setting in the Appalachian Mountains is as real as the characters themselves. I feel as though I have spent a summer there too with all its griefs and joys, conflicts and reconciliations. I sincerely recommend this novel. It is one to be treasured and re-read.
Date published: 2002-01-01

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