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The poisonwood Bible: a novel

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IL: UG - BL: 6.6 - AR Pts: 29
Lexile measure:
960L
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The Poisonwood Bible is a story told by the wife and four daughters of Nathan Price, a fierce, evangelical Baptist who takes his family and mission to the Belgian Congo in 1959. They carry with them everything they believe they will need from home, but soon find that all of it--from garden seeds to Scripture--is calamitously transformed on African soil. What follows is a suspenseful epic of one family's tragic undoing and remarkable reconstruction over the course of three decades in postcolonial Africa.

The novel is set against one of the most dramatic political chronicles of the twentieth century: the Congo's fight for independence from Belgium, the murder of its first elected prime minister, the CIA coup to install his replacement, and the insidious progress of a world economic order that robs the fledgling African nation of its autonomy. Against this backdrop, Orleanna Price reconstructs the story of her evangelist husband's part in the Western assault on Africa, a tale indelibly darkened by her own losses and unanswerable questions about her own culpability. Also narrating the story, by turns, are her four daughters--the self-centered, teenaged Rachel; shrewd adolescent twins Leah and Adah; and Ruth May, a prescient five-year-old. These sharply observant girls, who arrive in the Congo with racial preconceptions forged in 1950s Georgia, will be marked in surprisingly different ways by their father's intractable mission, and by Africa itself. Ultimately each must strike her own separate path to salvation. Their passionately intertwined stories become a compelling exploration of moral risk and personal responsibility.

Dancing between the dark comedy of human failings and the breathtaking possibilities of human hope, The Poisonwood Bible possesses all that has distinguished Barbara Kingsolver's previous work, and extends this beloved writer's vision to an entirely new level. Taking its place alongside the classic works of postcolonial literature, this ambitious novel establishes Kingsolver as one of the most thoughtful and daring of modern writers.

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ISBN:
9780060175405
9780060512828
159355950
9781593559502
9780060930530
Accelerated Reader:
UG
Level 6.6, 29 Points
Lexile measure:
960L
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Grouping Title poisonwood bible
Grouping Author kingsolver barbara
Grouping Category book
Last Grouping Update 2018-08-15 04:18:21AM
Last Indexed 2018-08-21 04:30:35AM

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subject_facet Americans -- Congo (Democratic Republic) -- Fiction, Congo (Democratic Republic) -- Fiction, Congo (Democratic Republic) -- History -- 1960-1997 -- Fiction, Domestic fiction, Families -- Congo (Democratic Republic) -- Fiction, Missionaries -- Congo (Democratic Republic) -- Fiction, Missionaries -- Fiction
title_display The poisonwood Bible : a novel
title_full The poisonwood Bible : a novel / Barbara Kingsolver, The poisonwood Bible [sound recording] : a novel / Barbara Kingsolver
title_short The poisonwood Bible :
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topic_facet Americans, Domestic fiction, Families, History, Missionaries