Return to Prodigal Summer…

By some magic I recently decided to reread Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver.  Swept down into the moist, green of an Appalachian holler, I experienced the author’s luscious language of procreation, love and desire.  Only a biologist with the writing skills of Kingsolver can blend fiction with science and get away with it.  Readers barely notice they are being instructed gently through storytelling to consider what may be lost under our feet through our inattention and by our misconception of where we humans fit into the larger scheme of things.

The third sentence of Prodigal Summer is the whole of the story:

Every quiet step is thunder to beetle life underfoot, every choice a world made new for the chosen.

Nature is not simply wallpaper in our lives.  Kingsolver weaves a story of interrelationships reflective of the true reality of all living things: we are utterly dependent on each other.

6 thoughts on “Return to Prodigal Summer…

  1. Larry Chamblin

    Susan, I have read other Kingsolver books, and you have inspired me to read Prodigal Summer. The sentence your quote reflects my thoughts many times when hiking the mountains of Appalachia.

  2. I recently listened to Prodigal Summer, and author Barbara Kingsolver narrated the book herself, doing a marvelous job. I’d read the book before, but hearing it in its entirety in B.K.’s soft, up-east accent was just the very best. It is my life-list’s favorite book!

  3. Jennifer Acierno

    I know everyone likes The Poisonwood Bible, but Prodigal Summer has always been my favorite book of hers. I hope to make it to reading Lacuna one day as I know you’re a fan.

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