Poisonwood Bible: A Novel

Front Cover
Harper Collins, Jan 28, 2003 - Fiction - 672 pages
351 Reviews

In 1959, Nathan Price, a fierce, evangelical Baptist, takes his four young daughters, his wife, and his mission to the Belgian Congo -- a place, he is sure, where he can save needy souls. But the seeds they plant bloom in tragic ways within this complex culture. Set against one of the most dramatic political events of the twentieth century -- the Congo's fight for independence from Belgium and its devastating consequences -- here is New York Times-bestselling author Barbara Kingslover's beautiful, heartbreaking, and unforgettable epic that chronicles the disintegration of family and a nation.

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
204
4 stars
96
3 stars
33
2 stars
13
1 star
5

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - justagirlwithabook - LibraryThing

The Poisonwood Bible was one of my earliest experiences with what felt like a "generational saga" that followed multiple characters over time. I really loved this one and love Kingsolver's ability to spin a wonderful, rich story and present new perspective to those who are unfamiliar. Read full review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - Kassilem - LibraryThing

I have got to read more books like this set in Africa. It brings back so much of my own experiences to the forefront of my thoughts, which brings it all back to life for me. As for this book, I really ... Read full review

All 11 reviews »

Other editions - View all

References to this book

All Book Search results »

About the author (2003)

Barbara Kingsolver’s books of fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction are widely translated and have won numerous literary awards. She is the founder of the PEN/Bellwether Prize, and in 2000 was awarded the National Humanities Medal, the country’s highest honor for service through the arts. Prior to her writing career she studied and worked as a biologist. She lives with her husband on a farm in southern Appalachia.

Bibliographic information