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Demon Copperhead

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ABOUT
THE BOOK

Demon’s story begins with his traumatic birth to a single mother in a single-wide trailer. For the life ahead of him he would need all of that fighting spirit, along with buckets of charm, a quick wit, and some unexpected talents, legal and otherwise. In the southern Appalachian Mountains of Virginia, poverty and addiction are as natural as the grass grows. For Demon, born on the wrong side of luck, the affection and safety he craves is as remote as the ocean he dreams of seeing one day. The wonder is in how far he’s willing to travel to try and get there.

ABOUT
THE AUTHOR Barbara
Kingsolver

Barbara Kingsolver is the global prize-winning and bestselling author of novels including Unsheltered, Flight Behaviour, The Lacuna, The Poisonwood Bible and Demon Copperhead, as well as books of poetry, essays and creative non-fiction. Kingsolver’s work has been translated into more than thirty languages and has earned literary awards and a devoted readership at home and abroad. She has won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, the James Tait Black Prize for Fiction and is the first author to win the Women’s Prize twice. Barbara lives with her family on a farm in southern Appalachia. Photo Credit: Evan Kafka

Barbara Kingsolver is the global prize-winning and bestselling author of novels including Unsheltered, Flight Behaviour, The Lacuna, The Poisonwood Bible and Demon Copperhead, as well as books of poetry, essays and creative non-fiction. Kingsolver’s work has been translated into more than thirty languages and has earned literary awards and a devoted readership at home and abroad. She has won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, the James Tait Black Prize for Fiction and is the first author to win the Women’s Prize twice. Barbara lives with her family on a farm in southern Appalachia. Photo Credit: Evan Kafka

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NOMINATING LIBRARY COMMENTS

This novel resonates strongly with our community. Its social messages about foster care, child hunger, poverty and opioid addiction are all too familiar. Kingsolver has successfully created an authentic voice for her teenage protagonist, a voice at once heart-breaking, humorous (often at his own expense), and ultimately resilient. (Milwaukee Public Library).

The story tells of an American lad born in undesirable circumstances in rural USA, and despite multiple hardships, immoral and criminal adults and not much better peers, flawed social work systems and staff, unscrupulous drug companies and general practitioners and with few positive role models, Demon eventually beats the odds. Kingsolver is at her best; her writing is clear, punchy and empathetic and the story is fast moving with twists and turns, some unanticipated, some pleasantly surprising, some very sad and many despairing. (State Library of South Australia).

The thrilling if oftentimes bleak adventures of a young man Damon born into a life of poverty, corruption and addiction in the Appalachian mountains. An epic but engrossing read. (Waterford City & County Libraries).

Demon Copperhead cleverly reimagines Dickens’s story, David Copperfield, in the modern-day rural American South, wrought with hunger, cruelty and addiction. Despite the constant challenges life throws at Demon, his resiliency and determination to survive overpower any obstacle he faces. This is a coming of age story of hope that all should consider as a rallying cry for America’s concern for its lower classes. (New Hampshire State Library)

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Date published
18/10/2022
Country
United States
Original Language
English
Publisher
Faber & Faber
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