Prodigal Summer

Prodigal Summer

Barbara Kingsolver / Jul 17, 2019

Prodigal Summer Barbara Kingsolver a writer praised for her extravagantly gifted narrative voice New York Times Book Review has created with this novel a hymn to wildness that celebrates the prodigal spirit of hum

  • Title: Prodigal Summer
  • Author: Barbara Kingsolver
  • ISBN: 9780060199654
  • Page: 320
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Barbara Kingsolver, a writer praised for her extravagantly gifted narrative voice New York Times Book Review , has created with this novel a hymn to wildness that celebrates the prodigal spirit of human nature, and of nature itself.Prodigal Summer weaves together three stories of human love within a larger tapestry of lives inhabiting the forested mountains and strugglinBarbara Kingsolver, a writer praised for her extravagantly gifted narrative voice New York Times Book Review , has created with this novel a hymn to wildness that celebrates the prodigal spirit of human nature, and of nature itself.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 Deanna Wolfe, a reclusive wildlife biologist, watches the forest from her outpost in an isolated mountain cabin where she is caught off guard by Eddie Bondo, a young hunter who comes to invade her most private spaces and confound her self assured, solitary life On a farm several miles down the mountain, another web of lives unfolds as Lusa Maluf Landowski, a bookish city girl turned farmer s wife, finds herself unexpectedly marooned in a strange place where she must declare or lose her attachment to the land And a few miles down the road, a pair of elderly, feuding neighbors tend their respective farms and wrangle about God, pesticides, and the complexities of a world neither of them expected.Over the course of one humid summer, as the urge to procreate overtakes a green and profligate countryside, these 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.With the richness that characterizes Barbara Kingsolver s finest work, Prodigal Summer embraces pure thematic originality and demonstrates a balance of narrative and ideas that only an accomplished novelist could render so beautifully.

    Prodigal Summer Barbara Kingsolver Prodigal Summer Barbara Kingsolver, a writer praised for herextravagantly gifted narrative voice New York Times Book Review , has created with this novel a hymn to wildness that celebrates the prodigal spirit of human nature, and of nature itself.Prodigal Summer weaves together three stories of human love within a larger tapestry of lives inhabiting the forested mountains and Prodigal Summer A Novel Barbara Kingsolver s fifth novel is a hymn to wildness that celebrates the prodigal spirit of human nature, and of nature itself It weaves together three stories of human love within a larger tapestry of lives amid the mountains and farms of southern Appalachia. Prodigal Summer A Novel Kindle edition by Barbara In Prodigal Summer, Barbara Kingsolver masterfully delivers three narratives which begin in late spring, wind through the burgeoning summer of an Appalachian mountain and valley, and come together as autumn raises its cooler head. Prodigal Define Prodigal at Dictionary Prodigal definition, wastefully or recklessly extravagant prodigal expenditure See . Fred Hammond Prodigal Son Lyrics MetroLyrics Lyrics to Prodigal Son by Fred Hammond The loneliest place in the world is without You Too many of my days Lord, I ve tried to spend there Searching for NPR FIRST LISTEN RY COODER S THE PRODIGAL SON Ry Cooder s first new album in six years The Prodigal Son and first for Fantasy Records, is now streaming on NPR Music s First Listen A masterwork of roots, blues and RB, The Prodigal Son conjures our own history of the spirit, sounding completely fresh and contemporary. Ry Cooder, The Prodigal Son, Returns NPR May , Ry Cooder, The Prodigal Son, Returns The year old raconteur returns to the old songs and inhabits the guises of death haunted bluesmen to speak to the issues of the current era. Waterfall Hope Chest Restored Renewed Prodigal Pieces Patty Soriano First, Congratulations on the Zibra contest So happy you made the top Love the cedar chest I have an old one I bought years ago at a thrift store, and I love it. Deutsche Bank Now Hoping That Jamie Dimon s Prodigal Deutsche Bank has hired one of its top shareholders, New York private equity firm Cerberus Capital Management LP, as a paid adviser to help the troubled lender tackle runaway costs and boost Bai ga jai Directed by Sammo Kam Bo Hung With Biao Yuen, Ching Ying Lam, Sammo Kam Bo Hung, Frankie Chan A rich man s son Yuen Biao believes himself to be the best kung fu fighter in Canton Unfortunately, his father, anxious for his son s safety, bribes all his opponents to lose After a humiliating defeat at the hands of an actor in a traveling theatre company, the son resolves to find a better

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        Barbara Kingsolver is an American novelist, essayist, and poet She was raised in rural Kentucky and lived briefly in Africa in her early childhood Kingsolver earned degrees in Biology at DePauw University and the University of Arizona and worked as a freelance writer before she began writing novels Her most famous works include The Poisonwood Bible, the tale of a missionary family in the Congo, and Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, a non fiction account of her family s attempts to eat locally.Her work often focuses on topics such as social justice, biodiversity, and the interaction between humans and their communities and environments Each of her books published since 1993 have been on The New York Times Best Seller list Kingsolver has received numerous awards, including the UK s Orange Prize for Fiction 2010, for The Lacuna and the National Humanities Medal She has been nominated for the PEN Faulkner Award and the Pulitzer Prize.In 2000, Kingsolver established the Bellwether Prize to support literature of social change Kingsolver was born in Annapolis, Maryland in 1955 and grew up in Carlisle in rural Kentucky When Kingsolver was seven years old, her father, a physician, took the family to the former Republic of Congo in what is now the Democratic Republic of the Congo Her parents worked in a public health capacity, and the family lived without electricity or running water.After graduating from high school, Kingsolver attended DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana on a music scholarship, studying classical piano Eventually, however, she changed her major to biology when she realized that classical pianists compete for six job openings a year, and the rest of them get to play Blue Moon in a hotel lobby She was involved in activism on her campus, and took part in protests against the Vietnam war She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in 1977, and moved to France for a year before settling in Tucson, Arizona, where she would live for much of the next two decades In 1980 she enrolled in graduate school at the University of Arizona, where she earned a Master s degree in ecology and evolutionary biology.Kingsolver began her full time writing career in the mid 1980s as a science writer for the university, which eventually lead to some freelance feature writing She began her career in fiction writing after winning a short story contest in a local Phoenix newspaper In 1985 she married Joseph Hoffmann their daughter Camille was born in 1987 She moved with her daughter to Tenerife in the Canary Islands for a year during the first Gulf war, mostly due to frustration over America s military involvement After returning to the US in 1992, she separated from her husband.In 1994, Kingsolver was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from her alma mater, DePauw University She was also married to Steven Hopp, that year, and their daughter, Lily, was born in 1996 In 2004, Kingsolver moved with her family to a farm in Washington County, Virginia, where they currently reside In 2008, she received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Duke University, where she delivered a commencement address entitled How to be Hopeful.In a 2010 interview with The Guardian, Kingsolver says, I never wanted to be famous, and still don t, the universe rewarded me with what I dreaded most She says created her own website just to compete with a plethora of fake ones, as a defence to protect my family from misinformation abhors a vacuum If you don t define yourself, it will get done for you in colourful ways.


    1. Lots of different subplots that eventually intertwine, includes a love story too. She writes very lyrically, you'll want to savor this one. Nature / animal lovers will appreciate this one too. Something for everyone, this one is probably in my all time top 10 or 15 list.2nd reading: This is not a book to read but a book to feel. It's a book you feel the truth and the rightness of, down deep in your gut.

    2. Ok. What gives, Kingsolver?I have adored her work for years, and had this particular book sitting on my shelf for a long time unread. I picked it up to read recently, and went "oh yeah, that's why". i'd tried previous times to read it and couldn't "get into it". I'm usually a stickler for the "getting in to it" factor. if something doesnt hold my attention, or is downright fucking painful, within the first chapter, i have to ditch it.but no. i gave Barb K the benefit of the doubt. i mean, she wr [...]

    3. Onvan : Prodigal Summer - Nevisande : Barbara Kingsolver - ISBN : 60959037 - ISBN13 : 9780060959036 - Dar 444 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 2000

    4. I don't want it to end! :( There's still much life for these characters to lead and I want to be there for it! Although I guess it has to end somewhere The BEAUTIFUL NATURAL WORLD she gives - my kingdom to know so much and be so deeply involved in the real world around me. (This week, I met the wooly bear caterpillar and the granite spiny lizard at Mission Trails, both locals. I can't wait to meet more and learn about more. Thank goodness for parks and rangers - at least SOMEONE is maintaining t [...]

    5. As usual in a Kingsolver book the writing in Prodigal Summer is just beautiful and the descriptions lyrical. It is a book to read carefully and slowly and just enjoy.Several different stories run parallel and tie up eventually towards the end of the book. I found my interest in each story uneven and tended to rush the parts about Garnett Walker because I became tired of his constant, repetitive musings and I wanted to get back to Deanna or Lusa. However I never rushed any of their parts:)The aut [...]

    6. I first read Barbara Kingsolver maybe 10 years ago and really liked her. Since then, I've discovered authors like Edna Forbes and Alice Hoffman who also both have an interest in the lives of rural women, rich narratives and, sometimes magical realism. That said, Kingsolver is still very much at the top of this field. However, this book left me somewhat disappointed by the end for two reasons:1. Big themes- without spoiling too much, the theme of this book is that evolution is always going on and [...]

    7. Overall, a delightful, thoughtful and refreshing novel. I loved the pure joy, the contagious adoration, for nature — from top predators to insects to extinct trees to blossoming weeds — that shines through the pages. (My only real gripe with the book is that, on occasion, this love morphs into rather a preachy cautionary tale, or scolding—it could still have been powerfully ecological and progressive without the few soap-box passages.) Another message is the sometimes-lovely, sometimes-sca [...]

    8. I think my favorite line of "poetry" from this book is "He made love to me like a farmer!" She then goes on to talk about milking cows and tilling the land while describing their love making. Maybe I've just known too many farmers in my life and found none of them in the least bit attractive. There is nothing romantic about the smell of manure on a man. And anyway, I think that line sums up the depth of this book pretty well. From the first chapter I knew I was in trouble when one of the leading [...]

    9. I enjoyed Kingsolver's Poisonwood Bible so much that for some reason I delayed reading this one (does that make sense?). I just liked the idea of another unread novel by her being out there, waiting for me to read -- something I was saving like a piece of rich dark chocolate. Her descriptions of the natural world are lovely. The relationships are complex and sexy and intriguing. My favorite story line is the romance between Deanna and Eddie. It reminds me of the romance in "The River Why", anoth [...]

    10. This is my favorite of Barbara Kingsolver's fiction.Three stories weave together into a beautiful story of nature, love, and family. The biology Kingsolver integrates in the narrative is educational and fascinating. The three threads begin with "Predators" which follows Deanna, who is a Forest Preserve ranger and lives alone in a small cabin high upon Zebulon Mountain. She unexpectedly begins a romance with a roaming coyote poacher, although Deanna is working tirelessly to protect a hidden den o [...]

    11. I had to create a new shelf for this book as I couldn't put it on my literary fiction shelf as I don't believe people will be reading this book in a hundred (or even fifty) years time. & it was too "heavy" to be categorised as chick lit.I had a lot of problems with this book.For one thing, it featured multiple points of view - which I'm not a fan of. At least it didn't go back & forth in time as well.I was far more interested in Lusa's story than the other two - although my interest in D [...]

    12. This book is hot.It's my favorite Barbara Kingsolver novel.I came away liking coyotes. And grieving the American chestnut.

    13. Reading this is a joyous experience. Other people have written long and thoughtful reviews but I'll just say that I loved its exuberance - a light exuberance, not at all boisterous - and its gentle, often funny, exploration of family and neighbourly 'business'.I returned it to the friend who lent it to me and bought a copy to keep. She had said 'Try this' when I confessed I had never been able to get into The Poisonwood Bible, didn't want to read about missionaries in Africa. Thank you Lisa!

    14. Very descriptive and calming. Three stories tied into one, and cleaned up neatly at the end. A good summertime read.I read this book again, so I can write a better review, since this book definitely deserves a second thought.This is a book to be savored, meaning, it is not a light easy read, and it isn't fluff. It isn't loaded with heavy issues (Barbara Kingsolver's "Poisonwood Bible" is definitely a heavier chunk o' reading compared to this) but I feel to truly appreciate "Prodigal Summer", one [...]

    15. Prodigal Summer tells the stories of several different people clustered around a deep valley in Southern Appalachia. Deana is wildlife biologist who works for the forest service. She enjoys her hermitic existence living in a cabin on a mountain, keeping track of the wildlife in the National Forest. This all changes when a young hunter comes into her life, for whom she feels a strong physical desire. Lusa is an academic who marries a farmer from the valley, and moves with him onto his farm. She i [...]

    16. I’ve read and enjoyed all of Barbara Kingsolver’s novels but “Prodigal Summer” stands out for me. The opening lines promise that you’re going on a journey into the minds of memorable characters: “Her body moved with the frankness that comes from solitary habits. But solitude is only a human presumption.” What follows doesn’t disappoint.Three parallel stories unfold of characters quite unalike on the surface and yet connected in deeper ways that resonate profoundly. It would have [...]

    17. Except when I go camping, I don’t spend a lot of time or energy thinking about ecology. Much like indoor plumbing, I think it’s a good thing and I’m glad there are folks out in the world who are knowledgeable about it, but neither are something I’m especially passionate about. And that is probably why a copy of this book has been sitting on my physical bookshelf for approximately five or six years. I’ve read and enjoyed other books by this author and have had other people recommend thi [...]

    18. The Circle of LifeIn this book author Barbara Kingsolver really takes the liberty within this book to assert her views on the circle of life, nature, the land, plant, animal and human life existing in conjunction to each other. She rolls this philosophy up into the lives of three main characters who live two in a small town and one in the mountains above the town in the Appalachias. Deanna has been living as a forest services ranger for two years and studying the wild life peacefully before Eddi [...]

    19. The family is the glue that holds human civilization together. In PRODIGAL SUMMER, Kingsolver demonstrates that the foundations of the earth are also the foundations of the family, that there is no "human" without "nature." As Nannie Rawley says, "Everything alive is connected to every other by fine, invisible threads." A human community is just another kind of ecosystem, supported, nourished, and made possible by the natural world. The novel follows three different people through their three di [...]

    20. Calling all nature lovers! I really loved this book and think that if anyone loves summer and living things and plants and animals and learning about nature, they will love it too! It wasn't exactly a page-turner in that I had to pick it up every second I wasn't reading, but it was extremely interesting. It took place in the summer and ends in autumn so it was kind of neat to start it towards the end of summer and end it as fall was beginning. If you've never read Barbara Kingsolver, her books a [...]

    21. I bought this book at a library sale and was so excited because I just loved The Poisonwood Bible by her; I could not stop talking about it. This book was kind of disappointing in that it took me until about page 162 to get into it, and even then, it wasn't the life-changer that the other one was. But, it did get me thinking about gardening and beekeeping and fun things I'd like to do someday. There was a lot of sex in it. In fact, the whole book was about reproduction and evolutions of all kind [...]

    22. Barbara Kingsolver has this ability to set a scene, and make it feel so lush. She really hits on all the senses, and that just pulls me right in to the story as if I'm watching the fireflies in a briar patch on a sweltering summer night in Appalachia. Not to mention all the steamy sexy scenes! Ha-cha!The story is a summer in the life of 3 women near a small town in rural Kentucky, told from alternating points-of-view. The book doesn't have a traditional plot-arc but more of the day-in-the-life f [...]

    23. I liked this book, and I liked the message, but even though I agreed with her it was a little preachy. All the characters kept getting in arguments that involved long exposition about how important each species is to the balance of nature all around it. She didn't just leave it there, which was a relief. I mean, there were those for preserving nature and growing organically and so on, and the ones who opposed them were portrayed as appearing kind of dumb at first, but then as those people were e [...]

    24. This novel, which jumps back and forth through the lives and stories of a few strong characters, really gets to the core of what life is about and how people tend to deal with it. I find this book really easy to connect with. The characters are very real and very honest, they have faults but they confront them. This book is full of passion, romance, strong friendships, deceit, hard choices and many other disturbing and encompassing aspects of human nature. It is amazingly easy to get attached to [...]

    25. This was the second book I read by Kingslover, and I admit, a little leery as Poisonwood Bible was the my only experience and that book sincerely disappointed; however, Prodigal Summer was a sheer delight and I'm glad I tried another novel by Kingslover.This novel is feast for anyone who celebrates nature writing. Kingslover captures the essence of the blue ridge mountains in Virginia and all the competing interests that are being grappled with in this region today. Besides the joy this book giv [...]

    26. This is really sort of three novels in one: Predators, Moth Love, and Old Chestnuts. The book alternates among the three stories, which take place within a few miles of each other. The stories do turn out to be related in the end, but each reads like a separate story. I liked the Moth Love thread the best out of the three. The stories themselves rated about 3 to 3.5 stars for me, but I'm bumping it up to four stars overall because of the author's knowledge and beautiful writing about the natural [...]

    27. okay, so this is my mad dash back to the bookstore at the airport book. i chose it because i liked the poisonwood bible so much. this is definitely much different, and if i would have read the inside cover reviews (calling the novel "sexually exuberant") i wouldn't have bought it. however, i'm not all the way done with it, but i've been kind of sucked into the storylines now and i can't NOT finish it. so, the jury's still out.okay, so i just finished and i was bugged by the ending. it didn't hav [...]

    28. Prodigal Summer is three different stories all set in the farms and mountains of Appalachia. For most of the book the tri-fold plots remain distinct entities. They are tied neatly together towards the novel’s end. The text is rich with evocative descriptions which make even the mating rituals of insects seem erotic. Kingsolver uses this work of fiction to teach us about the importance of predators to the overall balance of nature. Fiction is usually better when the author’s agenda isn’t qu [...]

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