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Barbara Kingsolver

USA flag (b.1955)

Barbara Kingsolver was born in 1955 and grew up in eastern Kentucky. Her books include poetry, non-fiction and award-winning fiction, and in 1999 she was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for The Poisonwood Bible (recently voted Britain's favourite reading group book). She lives with her husband and daughter in southern Arizona and in the mountains of southern Appalachia.

Genres: Literary Fiction, General Fiction
Series contributed to
Non fiction
Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction Best Book nominee (1999) : The Poisonwood Bible
Oprah's Book Club Best Book nominee (1999) : The Poisonwood Bible
PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction Best Book nominee (1999) : The Poisonwood Bible
Pulitzer Prize for Fiction Best Book nominee (1999) : The Poisonwood Bible
Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction Best Book winner (2010) : The Lacuna
PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction Best Book nominee (2010) : The Lacuna
International IMPAC Dublin Literary Awards Best Novel nominee (2011) : The Lacuna
Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction Best Book nominee (2013) : Flight Behavior

Barbara Kingsolver recommends
Unquiet Earth (1992)
Denise Giardina
"A flawless, fearless, great American story. It cuts a wide path through the worst and the best of what we are."
So Far from God (1993)
Ana Castillo
"A delightful novel... impossible to resist."
Kissing the Virgin's Mouth (2001)
Donna M Gershten
"A beautifully written, lyrical novel. This is the kind of book you inhale in one breath and can't forget afterward."
The Book of Dead Birds (2003)
Gayle Brandeis
"Lyrical, imaginative, beautifully crafted, and deeply intelligent. Before anything else, its characters take you by the heart."
Correcting the Landscape (2006)
Marjorie Kowalski Cole
"A powerful portrayal of a community imperiled by allegencies within and beyond itself, Correcting the Landscape is subtle, politically intelligent, and personally mesmerizing - everything I love."
Mudbound (2008)
Hillary Jordan
"This is storytelling at the height of its powers."
The Girl Who Fell from the Sky (2010)
Heidi W Durrow
"A breathless telling of a tale we've never heard before. Haunting and lovely, pitch-perfect, this book could not be more lovely."
And West Is West (2015)
Ron Childress
"A crackerjack story."
The Overstory (2018)
Richard Powers
"Monumental…The Overstory accomplishes what few living writers from either camp, art or science, could attempt. Using the tools of the story, he pulls readers heart-first into a perspective so much longer-lived and more subtly developed than the human purview that we gain glimpses of a vast, primordial sensibility, while watching our own kind get whittled down to size....A gigantic fable of genuine truths."
Outside Looking In (2019)
T C Boyle
"Boyle is a writer who chooses a large canvas and fills it to the edges."
At the Edge of the Haight (2021)
Katherine Seligman
"What a read this is, right from its startling opening scene. But even more than plot, it’s the richly layered details that drive home a lightning bolt of empathy. To read At the Edge of the Haight is to live inside the everyday terror and longings of a world that most of us manage not to see, even if we walk past it on sidewalks every day. At a time when more Americans than ever find themselves at the edge of homelessness, this book couldn’t be more timely."

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