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Prodigal Summer

Synopsis: Prodigal Summer weaves together three stories of human love within a larger tapestry of lives inhabiting the forested mountains and struggling small farms of southern Appalachia. At the heart of these intertwined narratives is a den of coyotes that have recently migrated into the region... Over the course of one humid summer, as the urge to procreate overtakes a green and profligate countryside, [the] characters find connections to one another and to the flora and fauna with which they necessarily share a place. Their discoveries are embedded inside countless intimate lessons of biology, the realities of small farming, and the final, urgent truth that humans are only one part of life on earth.

Reader Reviews:

Gny:I read Prodigal Summer. Liked it. Though I agreed w/ Kingsolver's take on the environment, I found her to be a bit preachy. (I felt the same way about The Poinsonwood Bible.) I still like her earlier books better, especially Animal Dreams and Pigs in Heaven.

Pam G: This is a wonderful story. I also like to learn as I become involved in another world. This is the world of the forest and it's many secrets and how little we humans really mean in the grand scheme of nature. These 3 lives intertwine but never quite weave themselves together. I recommend it to anyone who's ever felt alone because this book made me see how every thing we do affects more than we could ever imagine.

Submitted by bookvenue, posted on Saturday March 03, @05:27PM

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Re: Prodigal Summer Friday, 23-Feb-01 09:51:30 I, too, liked Prodigal Summer, almost better than The Poisonwood Bible. I'm a big fan of her earlier books, which don't tend to preach. Do you think this is a new direction for Kingsolver? A message (rather heavy ones) interjected into her stories? It's been a few months since I read Prodigal Summer and my memory for details isn't too sharp (I tend to live for the book I'm reading in the present), but I loved the interchanges between the older man and woman (names escape me right now).

by Laurel on Saturday March 03, @05:28PM

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Friday, 23-Feb-01 13:27:20

I did not think that Prodigal Summer was 'preachy'. The facts were laid out (nature, tobacco, death, mixed genders, inhibitednes, feminism, sperm donors and many other issues) and you could make up your own mind about each one of them or just take one issue and work on that one. I am re-reading Poisonwood Bible. I read it quite a while ago and do not remember too much about it except that I was very annoyed at the parents! Again, I remember other issues, but vaguely. Am looking forward to re-reading it after reading Prodigal Summer. I am fairly new to this author. She certainly makes me think!

by Wilan on Saturday March 03, @05:29PM

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I was looking forward to reading the Prodigal Summer, but had a hard time finishing it. I even skipped complete sections of the book to get to the action. I was especially disappointed about the end. I wanted more character developement. I loved the message and how she weaved into all the chapters.

by jello on Friday July 05, @01:19AM

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I've just read this for the fourth (or maybe the fifth?) time. This most recent reading was for a book-club that I run. I can't wait to discuss it with them--August is the perfect time, it seems.

I don't find the messages preachy so much as earnest. Every time I read it, I discover a new foreshadowing, new imagery. I read it slowly, savor it, linger over lines like, "There is nothing so loud as a man with nothing to do."

I like it best as an audiobook, read by Ms. Kingsolver. Hearing the accents, the care she takes with particular passages, as if to say "pay attention, because this is important", is breathtaking.

by Meg on Thursday August 11, @06:23AM

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I recently had to read this book for school and found it to be not-so-enjoyable; therefore missed many important messages that I'm sure are present in the text. How does this story represent the interconnectedness of all living things? (be specific please). and at what point does it begin to show in the story?

by jim on Monday August 29, @06:42AM

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