Poisonwood Bible: A Novel

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Harper Collins, Jan 28, 2003 - Fiction - 672 pages

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.

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I've been reading more about the Congo recently. This was an engaging and decently well-written (if not spectacular) historical fiction novel set around its independence and the years after (1960s ... Read full review

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Not one of my favourites of this author - I ran out of steam and did not finish it after plodding three quarters way through it. Much preferred A Prodigal Summer Read full review

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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.

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