It is summer in the Appalachian mountains and love, desire and attraction are in the air. From her outpost in an isolated mountain cabin, Deanna Wolfe, a reclusive wildlife biologist, watches a den of coyotes. She is caught off guard by a young hunter who invades her most private spaces and interrupts her solitary life. On a farm several miles down the mountain, Lusa Maluf...more
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2nd reading: This is not a book to read but a book to feel. It's a book you feel the truth and the rightness of, down deep in your gut.
I have adored her work for years, and had this particular book sitting on my shelf for a long time unread. I picked it up to read recently, and went "oh yeah, that's why". i'd tried previous times to read it and couldn't "get into it". I'm usually a stickler for the "getting in to it" factor. if something doesnt hold my attention, or is downright fucking painful, within the first chapter, i have to ditch it.
but no. i gave Barb K the benefit of the doubt. i mean, she wr ...more
Several different stories run parallel and tie up eventually towards the end of the book. I found my interest in each story uneven and tended to rush the parts about Garnett Walker because I became tired of his constant, repetitive musings and I wanted to get back to Deanna or Lusa. However I never rushed any of their parts:)
The aut ...more
The BEAUTIFUL NATURAL WORLD she gives - my kingdom to know so much and be so deeply involved in the real world around me. (This week, I met the wooly bear caterpillar and the granite spiny lizard at Mission Trails, both locals. I can't wait to meet more and learn about more. Thank goodness for parks and rangers - at least SOMEONE is maintainin ...more
1. Big themes- without spoiling too much, the theme of this book is that evolution is always going on and ...more
Her descriptions of the natural world are lovely. The relationships are complex and sexy and intriguing. My favorite story line is the romance between Deanna and Eddie. It reminds me of the romance in "The River Why", anoth ...more
I had a lot of problems with this book.
For one thing, it featured multiple points of view - which I'm not a fan of. At least it didn't go back & forth in time as well.
I was far more interested in Lusa's story than the other two - although my interest in D ...more
Three stories weave together into a beautiful story of nature, love, and family. The biology Kingsolver integrates in the narrative is educational and fascinating.
The three threads begin with "Predators" which follows Deanna, who is a Forest Preserve ranger and lives alone in a small cabin high upon Zebulon Mountain. She unexpectedly begins a romance with a roaming coyote poacher, although Deanna is working tirelessly to protect a hidden den o ...more
I returned it to the friend who lent it to me and bought a copy to keep. She had said 'Try this' when I confessed I had never been able to get into The Poisonwood Bible, didn't want to read about missionaries in Africa. Thank you Lisa!
I read this book again, so I can write a better review, since this book definitely deserves a second thought.
This is a book to be savored, meaning, it is not a light easy read, and it isn't fluff. It isn't loaded with heavy issues (Barbara Kingsolver's "Poisonwood Bible" is definitely a heavier chunk o' reading compared to this) but I feel to truly appreciate "Prodigal Summer", one ...more
I’ve read and enjoyed other books by this author and have had other people recommend this book spe ...more
Three parallel stories unfold of characters quite unalike on the surface and yet connected in deeper ways that resonate profoundly. It would have been easy – and ...more
In this book author Barbara Kingsolver really takes the liberty within this book to assert her views on the circle of life, nature, the land, plant, animal and human life existing in conjunction to each other. She rolls this philosophy up into the lives of three main characters who live two in a small town and one in the mountains above the town in the Appalachias. Deanna has been living as a forest services ranger for two years and studying the wild life peacefully before Ed ...more
The story is a summer in the life of 3 women near a small town in rural Kentucky, told from alternating points-of-view. The book doesn't have a traditional plot-arc but more of the day-in-the-life f ...more
This novel is feast for anyone who celebrates nature writing. Kingslover captures the essence of the blue ridge mountains in Virginia and all the competing interests that are being grappled with in this region today.
Besides the joy this book giv ...more
okay, so i just finished and i was bugged by the ending. it didn't hav ...more
The story takes place over one summer and tells three stories of love. The language and phrasing is so beautiful that I had to stop periodically and let what I had read sink in. It literally took my breath away in so many places.
This is not a "beach read". You need time to abso ...more
‘ The world was what it was, a place with its own rules of hunger and satisfaction. Creature ...more