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Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver
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Aug 17, 12

bookshelves: lent-to-me, book-clubs, 5-star-books
Read from August 02 to 17, 2012

I liked this book a lot - very refreshing after some of Kingsolver's other books. It tells the story of several intertwining neighbours in a small farming community in the Appalachians.

What shines through is the authors obvious love and knowledge of biology. Although there is a lot of dialogue around the politics of pesticides and life style choice it is not preachy. I found each of the characters were well rounded and likable in their own unique way. With distinct points of view that was contradictory to one another. So there was this sense of an interesting political/religious debate quietly running through.

The story is told in three distinct voices which are each whole stories within themselves. The way it is tied up and finished in the end was both wonderful and frustrating at the same time. As the story came to its end I found myself deliberately slowing down as I had become rather attached to each voice and didn't want their stories to end.
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Laura I hope you enjoy it, Kate!


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