Prodigal Summer

Prodigal Summer

A Novel

Book - 2000
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Wildlife biologist Deanna is caught off guard by an intrusive young hunter, while bookish city wife Lusa finds herself facing a difficult identity choice, and elderly neighbors find attraction at the height of a long-standing feud.
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins Publishers, c2000
ISBN: 9780062274045
9780060199654
0060199652
Branch Call Number: FICTION KINGSOLVER
Characteristics: xi, 444 p. ; 24 cm

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Futurvue
Jun 05, 2019

I wish I had kept a reading journal during the time that I read this book. E.g., what did I think was going to happen, based on such-and-such a sentence (or paragraph) in the book at this point; then, at the next notable point? It is impossible to analyze the craft of how that's built in retrospect, because you can never un-know what's going to happen and recreate that initial experience! It's the craft I'm interested in, though the book was enjoyable to read, anyway.

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin May 25, 2019

After reading Unsheltered, I've become really interested in Kingsolver. I've got some work to do going back and reading her body of work. I enjoy her independent characters.

WestSlope_TheaH Aug 21, 2018

Kingsolver’s writing is descriptive, lyrical, and lush. This is one of my favorite novels by her. The story is told from the perspectives of three free-spirited and capable women in the mountains and farms of southern Appalachia over the course of a summer. A strong sense of place and fierce love of the natural world are undercurrents in this wonderful read.

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peacebenow
Jul 08, 2017

Another Great book by B. Kingsolver. Each of the main characters grow and interact delightfully w/ the world around them. So enjoyed the reveling in nature and the natural world. More than relevant into days world when so much of our natural world is under assault by our President (lack of care or interest) and by big business who's product likely are killing off bees and infecting our food supply. (My only little commentary) My admiration of her continues!

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miaone
Feb 01, 2017

I love this book; I've re-read it several times and probably will do so again. It speaks to a deep and tender part of me.

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Chapel_Hill_KenMc
Dec 20, 2014

A wonderful novel of fertility and ecology, packed with information on various naturalist topics. Kingsolver can be rather preachy and heavy-handed with her ecological statements, but her plot and characters are so fulfilling and fascinating, it's easy to forgive some overbearing writing.

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lorhu
Jul 09, 2012

Wonderful book! Teaches you so much about nature and about predator and prey. I remember loving this book so much I am writing a review over a year after I read it.

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kitkat110706
Jun 19, 2012

Almost finished reading this gem for the second time. I'm in so much love with it. It's raw emotion is so beautifully presented, and the characters develop and intertwine with a primal grace that can only come from Ms. Kingsolver. I appreciate the geography lesson of the Appalachian country in addition to the amazing story.

Read this book!

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KristaR
Feb 02, 2012

Lovely. Beautifully written and the characters were people I grew to like and care about - loved the subtle and overt connections between the characters and the characters and their environment.

Cordelia Jul 23, 2011

Excellently written, and the perfect book to read during a heat wave. I like how the lives of different women interwine.

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