Down the mountain, another web of lives unfolds as Lusa Maluf Landowski, a bookish city girl turned farmer's wife, finds herself in a strange place where she must declare or lose her attachment to the land that has become her own. And a few more miles down the road, a pair of elderly, feuding neighbors tend their respective farms and wrangle about God, pesticides, and the possibilities the future holds.
Over the course of one long summer, these characters find connections to one another, and to the land, and the final, urgent truth that humans are only one piece of life on earth.
©2000 Barbara Kingsolver; (P)2000 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.
"Readers will be seduced by [Kingsolver's] effortless prose." (Publishers Weekly)
Yes. You will be a better person for having read it.
The writing. The perfectly painted portrait of love, loss, and love amid a sea of cool imagery and strong characters.
I have not.
The old guy so I could ring his neck and then kiss his cheek.
I loved it.
Interested in geneaology, history and writing
Ranks very high but I expected nothing less from Barbara Kingsolver
Her ability to relate to and describe nature is not like another author I have found.
That would be like choosing a favorite child.
Will look for the title by this author.
It is a one of a kind book.
I loved it the most of all of her books , this and the Lacuna.
Oh gosh,all of them! We would have a country potluck on the farm.I love all of the characters so much.
This book stayed with me for days.i felt lonely when it was over and Kingsolvers Narration is soft and sweet and I want her to read every book to me for the rest of my life!
Wow, I really had high expectations of this book after reading the reviews. What a dissapointment. First, the author should really leave narrating to professionals. It was painful to listen to and all of the characters sounded the same. Second, the characters were just uninteresting and I became quite apatheic about what happened to them. The stories just dragged on without any real plot development. I actually struggled to finish listening to it. I won't be listening to another book by this author. I definitely prefer a little more excitement, or, at least, more exciting characters in my books.
P.S. The bird noises became increasingly obnoxious
Say something about yourself!
The complexity and realness of the characters.
Nothing I did not like
Poisonwood Bible, I really liked the Prodigal Summer much more. The writing was just as good, but I became much more invested in these characters.
Truly well written piece of work. Takes place in Appalachia and follows the lives of 4 different individuals. She weaves the culture, vernacular, and landscape into a story that gives you an appreciation of a way of life we probably don't give enough respect to.
I love that Barbara did the audio her own slow southern accent really adds to the story and I appreciate knowing I am hearing the work as she meant for it to be heard.
Horrible book. Like listening to someone read bad poetry.
Everything. The sounds in the background were horrible Who needs to have birds chriping when someone is reading.
To never have preformed at all.
It is easy to love this book. It describes the world as it should be and can be. Mrs. Kinsolver has transposed the garden of Eden to Zebulon National Forest with its denizens being Eve (Dianna Wolfe), Adam (Eddie Bondo) and a big black snake.Also, there are other nature lovers such as Lucia Maloof Landowski Widenor- a moth biologist transposed to an Egg Fork farm and Garnett Walker the third and Nanny Rolley. All of these characters are interwoven. There are no bad people or creatures in this book, only gods creations doing what they were supposed to do in the way he intended, despite the intentions of Man to disrupt his order. Along the way we learn about coyotes and their amazing survival instincts, moth life cycles and the advantages of farming without pesticides. Every page is crammed full of biology, including reading animal scat, phermomes, insect life cycles, goat biology the history of the American chestnut tree and the blight which destroyed the species and the ecosystem order with predators at the top of the chain. The book is written as three separate threads, Predators, Moth love and Old Chestnuts.The premise is that we are all driven by our hormones and the need to reproduce and we are powerless to alter natures blue print. The book is like a Wordsworth poem written in the Appalachian twang of Tennessee. I have listened to the book twice and read major reviews, and none of the reviews captures the beauty and magnificence of the descriptions of nature, science, and biology as described by Mrs. Kingsolver. This is the most Romantic and loving book I have ever listened to, especially as read by Mrs. Kingsolver.
I would (and have) recommend this book (both audible and print) to many friends. I listen to it annually -- usually at the beginning of summer -- and fall in love with it all over again.
Having the author read to story is wonderful!
It feels like sitting with a friend and listening to her tell you a story about her life.
My favorite character is Lusa!
Say something about yourself!
I love how the three characters are connected in the story but not in the story line.
The story of nature and humans - how we are all connected and all important.
This is my favorite and I have listened to it many times - especially in the summer!
I love when the old man and old lady come together. I am so touched too by the widow adopting the two children and saving the farm - so touching!
This is my favorite of her books - I have read or tried to read all of her books - and I love it every time I listen. I also learned a lot about coyotes and bugs!
Usually the writer has decent story, this one...not so decent.
Hope Kingslover will clean up her stories.
Only if it isn't trashy porn
Why does the author think we want to be listening to an older woman be seduced by a younger man, young enough to be her son?
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