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Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver
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Dec 22, 2008

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I was a little disappointed in this book, because I loved the Poisonwood Bible, so I had high expectations for this novel set in the mountains and farms of southern Appalachia. There were three separate stories. I enjoyed the stories of Garnet and Nannie, two old people on neighboring properties who have an interesting, volatile relationship. There were several things in their story that made me smile or laugh out loud. I also liked Lusa's story, a young widow who was left with the family farm. Her changing relationships with her dead husband's family members were very interesting to me. I didn't really like Deanna's story--it seemed too contrived. I'm sorry, but 20-something-year-old men do not fall in love with 45-year-old women, not in our sexist, age-ist society. I wasn't keen on the soft porn.

Kingsolver's background is biology and she was able to tie in an ecological theme to the three stories, which I liked. The three stories turn out to be connected in surprising ways, symbolic of the ecological processes that surround us every day. I loved the last few lines, "Solitude is a human presumption. Every quiet step is thunder to beetle life underfoot, a tug of impalpable thread on the web pulling mate to mate and predator to prey, a beginning or an end. Every choice is a world made new for the chosen."
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Wendy L,
I liked the quote you used. I think that if you like that type of writing and enjoy reading things written by educated insightful biologically trained femmes, then you will really enjoy "Pilgrim at Tinker Creek" by Annie Dillard. She is amazingly brilliant and really brings out the mystery and wonder of the natural world.
Hope to see you soon,

message 2: by Lara (last edited Feb 25, 2009 03:39AM) (new) - rated it 3 stars

Lara Torgesen Thanks Wendy, I will look it up. I'm trying to get back on track for bookgroup too. I was thrilled to see Three Cups of Tea on there for January. I've been wanting to read it for a long time. Now I have a reason to get on the ball. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Lyndi I liked the way you put that you were not into Deanna's story as that was exactly how I felt. The other characters stories were way better. This was in my Christian book clubs list! And I like you thought Deanna and Eddies sex scenes were unnecessary, and if I wanted anyone to get pregnant it was Lusa, not Deanna.

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