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Demon Copperhead
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Demon Copperhead
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A masterpiece in storytelling from the global bestselling author of Unsheltered and Flight Behaviour.
WINNER OF THE WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION
THE MULTI-MILLION COPY SELLING AUTHOR
AN OPRAH BOOKCLUB PICK
'Extraordinary.' OPRAH
'Electrifying. . . Every sentence here sizzles.' Daily Mail
'It's EPIC. Righteously angry, DEEPLY moving and exquisitely written.' MARIAN KEYES
'A true highlight of 2022 fiction.' Independent
'A fantastic read.' EMILY MAITLIS
'Book of the Month' Women & Home
'A masterclass.' RICHARD POWERS
'A powerful tale.' Good Housekeeing
'[Kingsolver] means to save us by telling us stories. . . She comes closer than anyone else I know.' ANN PATCHETT
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Demon Copperhead is a once-in-a-generation novel that breaks and mends your heart in the way only the best fiction can.

Demon's story begins with his traumatic birth to a single mother in a single-wide trailer, looking 'like a little blue prizefighter.' 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 isn't an idea, it's as natural as the grass grows. For a generation growing up in this world, at the heart of the modern opioid crisis, addiction isn't an abstraction, it's neighbours, parents, and friends. 'Family' could mean love, or reluctant foster care. 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.
Suffused with truth, anger and compassion, Demon Copperhead is an epic tale of love, loss and everything in between.
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What readers are saying:

***** 'An amazing, beautifully written story I cannot wait to recommend to everyone I know.'

***** 'Powerful and brilliant. To immerse yourself in a Kingsolver novel is to put yourself in the hands of a master.'
***** 'A must read and heart-opening book.'

***** 'Raw, angry, starkly beautiful. . . Genuinely one of the best books I've ever read.'
***** 'Amazingly complex. . . [Kingsolver] is, by far, one of the greatest living authors'

A masterpiece in storytelling from the global bestselling author of Unsheltered and Flight Behaviour.
WINNER OF THE WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION
THE MULTI-MILLION COPY SELLING AUTHOR
AN OPRAH BOOKCLUB PICK
'Extraordinary.' OPRAH
'Electrifying. . . Every sentence here sizzles.' Daily Mail
'It's EPIC. Righteously angry, DEEPLY moving and exquisitely written.' MARIAN KEYES
'A true highlight of 2022 fiction.' Independent
'A fantastic read.' EMILY MAITLIS
'Book of the Month' Women & Home
'A masterclass.' RICHARD POWERS
'A powerful tale.' Good Housekeeing
'[Kingsolver] means to save us by telling us stories. . . She comes closer than anyone else I know.' ANN PATCHETT
____________
Demon Copperhead is a once-in-a-generation novel that breaks and mends your heart in the way only the best fiction can.

Demon's story begins with his traumatic birth to a single mother in a single-wide trailer, looking 'like a little blue prizefighter.' 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 isn't an idea, it's as natural as the grass grows. For a generation growing up in this world, at the heart of the modern opioid crisis, addiction isn't an abstraction, it's neighbours, parents, and friends. 'Family' could mean love, or reluctant foster care. 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.
Suffused with truth, anger and compassion, Demon Copperhead is an epic tale of love, loss and everything in between.
____________
What readers are saying:

***** 'An amazing, beautifully written story I cannot wait to recommend to everyone I know.'

***** 'Powerful and brilliant. To immerse yourself in a Kingsolver novel is to put yourself in the hands of a master.'
***** 'A must read and heart-opening book.'

***** 'Raw, angry, starkly beautiful. . . Genuinely one of the best books I've ever read.'
***** 'Amazingly complex. . . [Kingsolver] is, by far, one of the greatest living authors'

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  • Barbara Kingsolver's books of fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction are widely translated and have won numerous literary awards, including the Women's Prize for Fiction, awarded to The Lacuna; Flight Behaviour was also shortlisted. She is the founder of the PEN/Bellwether Prize, and in 2000 she was awarded the National Humanities Medal, her country's highest honour for service through the arts. Prior to her writing career, she studied and worked as a biologist. She lives with her husband on a farm in southern Appalachia.
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  • Publisher's Weekly

    Starred review from August 29, 2022
    Kingsolver (Unsheltered) offers a deeply evocative story of a boy born to an impoverished single mother. In this self-styled, modern adaptation of Dickens’s David Copperfield, Demon Copperhead, 11, is the quick-witted son and budding cartoonist of a troubled young mother and a stepfather in southern Appalachia’s Lee County, Va.; eventually, his mother’s opioid addiction places Demon in various foster homes, where he is forced to earn his keep through work (even though his guardians are paid) and is always hungry from lack of food. After a guardian steals his money, Demon hitchhikes to Tennessee in search of his paternal grandmother. She is welcoming, but will not raise him, and sends him back to live with the town’s celebrated high school football coach as his new guardian, a widower who lives in a castle-like home with his boyish daughter, Angus. Demon’s teen years settle briefly with fame on the football field and a girlfriend, Dori. But stability is short-lived after a football injury and as he and Dori become addicted to opioids (“We were storybook orphans on drugs”). Kingsolver’s account of the opioid epidemic and its impact on the social fabric of Appalachia is drawn to heartbreaking effect. This is a powerful story, both brilliant in its many social messages regarding foster care, child hunger, and rural struggles, and breathless in its delivery.

  • AudioFile Magazine DAVID COPPERFIELD is the starting point for this audiobook, but it's not a template. Narrator Charlie Thurston's fine regional accent takes listeners to southwest Virginia, a place that dives deep into the truths of rural poverty. Damon Fields tells his own story, as in the Dickens novel, but he faces difficulties beyond what the English author imagined. One such challenge is the transformation of his name, which occurs because of his bright red hair. Nearly everyone in this story is from Lee County, so accents don't vary much. But Thurston manages to suggest all the major characters with subtle shifts of timbre, and he keeps Damon's sad narrative from sounding like whining. The novel is depressing yet gripping, and its conclusion, at least, is hopeful. D.M.H. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award � AudioFile 2022, Portland, Maine
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