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Animal Dreams by Barbara Kingsolver
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Dec 26, 2011

it was amazing
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Read in January, 1999

Great story about a woman (Cody) in her early 30s who returns home to teach high school biology in rural AZ at the same time her younger sister (Hallie) goes to war-torn Nicaragua in the mid-80s to help develop the hoped-for new society through work with community agriculture projects. the story is mostly in Cody's voice, though there is much correspondence between Hallie and Cody as each find themselves in their new lives. There are also interspersed short chapters by their emotionally locked-up father, Homero, who is the town's elderly doctor. It's a great story about going home to heal and grow and be surprised that things aren't what you thought. I've read it ( I confess) about 20 times and will likely read it 20 more. It's full of great characters, and a wonderful and compelling small town backdrop. Actually, the town is a character in it's own right! Enjoy!

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