The Poisonwood Bible
The Poisonwood Bible
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The Poisonwood Bible

Written by Barbara Kingsolver
Published by Harper Perennial
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“A powerful new epic . . . [Kingsolver] has with infinitely steady hands worked the prickly threads of religion, politics, race, sin and redemption into a thing of terrible beauty.” –Los Angeles Times Book Review 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. 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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    Book Details

    ISBN
    9780060786502
    Publication Date
    July 5, 2005
    Page Count
    576
    Words Per Page
    308
    Audience
    Adult
    WorldCat Number (OCLC)
    60786494
    ASIN/ISBN 10
    0060786507
    Lexile® Level
    960L
    Est. Fountas & Pinnell Level
    ~W
    ATOS® Book Level
    6.6
    Accelerated Reader® Points
    29
    Accelerated Reader Quiz
    35204
    Accelerated Reader Interest Level
    UG

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