"Demon Copperhead" by Barbara Kingsolver

Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver / Kingsolver, Barbara

2023 Pulitzer Prize Winner in Fiction.

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Demon Copperhead is a powerful and poignant story set in the mountains of southern Appalachia. The narrative follows a young boy, born to a teenage single mother, who must navigate a harsh world with only his father’s looks, wit, and survival skills as his assets. From foster care and child labor to addiction and heartbreak, Demon confronts the challenges of his life, while grappling with the feeling of being overlooked in a society that favors cities over rural communities.

Drawing inspiration from Charles Dickens’ David Copperfield, Barbara Kingsolver channels his anger, compassion, and belief in the transformative nature of storytelling to shed light on the enduring issues of institutional poverty and its impact on children. Demon Copperhead gives voice to a new generation of lost individuals, capturing the essence of those who are bound to the beautiful yet cursed places they call home.

June 29: BH

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