I absolutely adore this thoughtful, compelling collection of essays on topics familiar to Kingsolver fans: the environment, farming, parenting, and being a responsible, thoughtful human being. There is such delight in the way she words things...
So immensely, immensely beautiful. Shimmeringly vivid and engrossing. I'm thankful beyond words for the experience of this book. Two times in listening I teared up from how insanely beautiful her words were -- HS's ode to Van, and HS teaching English to Alejandro. Kingsolver is an absolute master of words, and I sighed and smiled and laughed at so many of her phrasings. Just masterful. Kahlo's eyebrows "forming a handshake over her eyes." HS's father on a cold morning "exhaling steam like a kettle".
It's absolutely dazzling how, as is customary to Kingsolver, she weaves in a lot of historical research into a very personal and beautiful account. I would never have taken theh time to read about Trotsky or the early years of the Cold War — but she works it in so vividly into an intimate account of a boy's life. The Mexico descriptions are breathtaking. Wordplay is beyond dazzling. Her performance is exquisite. Thank you.
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