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Prodigal Summer Audiobook

Prodigal Summer

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Publisher's Summary

Prodigal Summer weaves together three stories of human love within a larger tapestry of lives in southern Appalachia. At the heart of these intertwined narratives is a den of coyotes that have recently migrated into the region. Deanna Wolfe, a reclusive wildlife biologist, watches them from an isolated mountain cabin where she is caught off-guard by Eddie Bondo, a young hunter who comes to invade her most private spaces and her solitary life.

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.

What the Critics Say

"Readers will be seduced by [Kingsolver's] effortless prose." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Laurine Dabbs 08-24-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Wonderful story, love a sequel!"

    This story is so fabulous for readers who love nature and the interconnected aspects of all life! The characters are so real I wanted to have a sit down meal with some of them. I would love a sequel!

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    Lauren 08-04-15
    Lauren 08-04-15
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    "Lovely"

    Lovely story-loved the character development, the beautifully insightful, carefully woven environmental education. Barbara Kingsolver's descriptive writing style has become one of my favorites.





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    slance 08-04-15
    slance 08-04-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Fun but weird"
    If you could sum up Prodigal Summer in three words, what would they be?

    Great for nature lovers!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lusa. I like who she becomes after the situation with her husband. I like how she talks to people.


    What about Barbara Kingsolver’s performance did you like?

    I think she did a good job. Some reviewers did not like her voice, but I thought it was fine.


    If you could take any character from Prodigal Summer out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Garnet. He's a loser for ignoring his grandchildren all these years! He needs someone to kick him in the behind. If grandparents think that grandchildren are responsible for the relationship they are mistaken and will be sorely disappointed.


    Any additional comments?

    Spoiler. Lots of sex. Mostly "extra marital," with detailed descriptions, which I find unnecessary. I like to know these things when I choose a book. Not much bad language. I like to know that too. I found the author to be a little over the edge with her apparent obsession with large age difference relationships - including an aunt/nephew thing. Weird.


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    Kelley Foulk 07-26-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Any fan of Kingsolver will enjoy it"

    If you already love Kingsolver's unique writing style and narration, this story is a safe bet. It felt a little more "preachy" than Flight Behavior, but still very enjoyable. I especially loved all three central female characters - Nanny, Deanna and Luza.

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    John M. Central New York 07-13-15
    John M. Central New York 07-13-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Ecology plays a role."

    The best part of this book, for me, was that ecology or nature was essentially one of the main characters. In every story line, which were very interestingly intertwined on the human level, a connection was made via the intricate workings of the natural world.

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    lisa 07-13-15
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    "Beautiful"

    Kingsolver's voice reading this book is as soothing and true as a deep breath at dusk.

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    Suzy 07-06-15
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    "Loved it!"

    I loved the story and the performance! The narrator did a great job of making all the characters come to life with different voices, rhythms and inflections. The story started a little slow for me, but after the first chapter I was hooked! I wish there were going to be a sequel to follow up on the characters!!

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    Nicole Tyabb, Australia 07-04-15
    Nicole Tyabb, Australia 07-04-15
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    "Beautiful"

    Love this book. Have listened over and over. Adds extra depth to have it narrated by the author.

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    FrauGitte 06-19-15
    FrauGitte 06-19-15
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    "Lovely prose about the natural world"

    I really enjoyed the author's reading of this book, the character development and the little birdsong interlude between chapters.
    A lovely book

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    Kelli Maupin 06-17-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Beautiful Nature"

    Barbara Kingsolver is uniquely able to convey nature in a most passionate and engaging way, both with her voice and her writing.

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