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Pigs in Heaven by Barbara Kingsolver
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Sep 09, 10

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Read in September, 2010

Wow! What a gem! This early Kingsolver displays a literary prowess virtually unmatched by any other living author. The story, of a woman fighting to keep her illegally adopted daughter and the efforts of a native American lawyer to reintegrate a lost member of her tribe, is heart-wrenching and beautifully written. The language and the descriptions not only carry one into this story, but also paint word pictures that are breathtakingly beautiful. Ms. Kingsolver has long been a favorite, and only solidifies her rank as one of the best writers in American literature today with each book this reader gets his hands on. There is humor and pathos in equal measure here and the author boldly takes us into her world seemingly effortlessly. There is no struggle in becoming thoroughly engrossed in these wonderful characters and their conflicting needs and desires. And through it all, this reader learned a great deal about the reality of life in the tribe. Five stars is not enough!
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