The poisonwood Bible: a novel

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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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9780060930530
9780060512828
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9780783884684
9780783884677
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159355950
9781567404081
9781455800933
9781593559502
9780060786502
9780060175405
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auth_author2 Kingsolver, Barbara., Robertson, Dean, Robertson, Dean.
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display_description The drama of a U.S. missionary family in Africa during a war of decolonization. At its center is Nathan Price, a self-righteous Baptist minister who establishes a mission in a village in 1959 Belgian Congo. The resulting clash of cultures is seen through the eyes of his wife and his four daughters. By the author of Pigs in Heaven.
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title_display The poisonwood Bible : a novel
title_full Poisonwood Bible Kingsolver, Barbara., The Poisonwood Bible, The poisonwood Bible / Barbara Kingsolver, The poisonwood Bible : a novel / Barbara Kingsolver, The poisonwood Bible [book club kit] : a novel / Barbara Kingsolver, The poisonwood Bible [sound recording] / Barbara Kingsolver, The poisonwood Bible [sound recording] : a novel / Barbara Kingsolver, The poisonwood bible : a novel / Barbara Kingsolver, The poisonwood bible [electronic resource]. Barbara Kingsolver, The poisonwood bible [sound recording] / Barbara Kingsolver
title_short The poisonwood Bible :
title_sub a novel
topic_facet Americans, Baptists, Christian families, Clergy, Colonialism, Culture conflict, Domestic fiction, Emotionally abusive men, Families, Families of clergy, Family, Fiction, Fictional Works Publication Type, Historical fiction, History, Kongo (African people), Literature, Missionaries, Religious fanatics