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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 o...more
This is a collection of a dozen poignant stories: all quite different in plot, style, and setting (though all are in small, non-wealthy communities), but all concerning people who are somewhat marginalised, whether by society or within a relationship. In the few short pages of each story, Kingsolver conjures up whole lives... ...more
In each story, the main character, most always female, fights, fights as if her life depends upon it. It does. Indigenous people, Appalachians, native Americans, Latinas all need to balance right and wrong, familial love, racism, unionism, etc.
Each story is powerful and no issue is resolved. ...more
In the end, I decided that the great stories outweighed the meh stories, and so it got four stars.
The title story, "Homeland" is extrememly good, although my favorites were "Covered Bridges" and "Rose Johnny"
A theme of these stories is an "incomplete" or sort of abrupt ending. At first, this bothered me, until I realized it's a perfect statement about life ...more
This book was lovely. I could relate to every single character in this book, be they young, old, man, woman, happy, miserable, and so on. Kingsolver's writing is so poetic while conveying such REALITY. I am full of admiration for her as a writer and have yet to find anything ...more
The only issue I took were a good handful of her endings--they felt as if sh ...more
What I found most amazing about this collection of short stories was how raw and loud her political and social voice came through in these stories. More so than her novels. This would make sense since one has less time in which to lull the reader into a sense of what you the writer are trying to say so the message ...more
Regardless of ratings, Kingsolver is a gifted short story writer. I'm surprised this is her only shor ...more
Wonderful characters, not surprisingly. Is it weird to say that my biggest complaint was that I would get to love the characters then on to the next story? Sorry, Barbara, but you do that to me. Every story was so unique, I really enjoyed each. The main characters were pretty much always women (no surprise there). But I still feel weird reading short Kingsolver stories. There was this one very small character ...more
I rated it only 4 stars because most of the stories left me with a feeling of having (needing!!) to know more- how the subjects dealt with their traumatic events, what they went on to do next, how their lives turned out, etc. (especially in the case of the last story in this book!), but I feel that way with a lot of the books I've read.
It's not my favorite of all her books, but I thoroughly enjoyed reading short stories--not having to track characters and plot through a novel. It's like skipping from place to place to enjoy tapas in the evening, instead of a 7 course meal.
I never read a collection of short stories by an author and find myself loving them all equally. I really liked 10 out of the 12 sto ...more