Poisonwood Bible: A Novel

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Harper Collins, Jan 28, 2003 - Fiction - 672 pages
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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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User Review  - KamGeb - LibraryThing

The book was fascinating. Especially the beginning of the book. (Before the family goes their separate ways). It gave me a new way to see the missionaries and the families who went to Africa. It also gave a different view of how Africans see Americans. Definitely a book I would recommend. Read full review

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User Review  - christinedux - LibraryThing

Deep, multifaceted narrative of a Baptist missionary family in the Belgian Congo in 1959, on the eve of Congolese independence, told by Nathan Price's wife and four daughters. Read full review

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Barbara Kingsolver's work has been translated into more than twenty languages and has earned a devoted readership at home and abroad. She was awarded the National Humanities Medal, our country's highest honor for service through the arts. She received the 2011 Dayton Literary Peace Prize for the body of her work, and in 2010 won Britain's Orange Prize for The Lacuna. Before she made her living as a writer, Kingsolver earned degrees in biology and worked as a scientist. She now lives with her family on a farm in southern Appalachia.

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