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About the Author
Barbara Kingsolver received the 2011 Dayton Literary Peace Prize for the body of her work, and in 2010 won Britain's Orange Prize for The Lacuna. Her novel The Poisonwood Bible was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Before she made her living as a writer, Kingsolver earned degrees in biology and worked as a scientist. She now lives with her family on a farm in southern Appalachia.
"Demon is a voice for the ages--akin to Huck Finn or Holden Caulfield--only even more resilient. I'm crazy about this book, which parses the epidemic in a beautiful and intimate new way. I think it's her best." -- Beth Macy, author of Dopesick
"An Appalachian David Copperfield...Demon Copperhead reimagines Dickens's story in a modern-day rural America contending with poverty and opioid addiction...Kingsolver and Dickens overlap: both of them exuberant writers of social novels with a strong political message and a concern for the lower classes...Kingsolver's novel sweeps you along just as powerfully as the original does....." -- New York Times
"If you're familiar with the Charles Dickens classic, you'll follow the story's beats and chuckle....What keeps you turning the pages is the knowledge that Demon has a future. The novel ends on a note of hope...not every fate is decided by the circumstances of one's birth." -- Associated Press
"There's really nothing like being immersed in a Kingsolver novel....Damon [is Kingsolver's] bravest, most ambitious creation yet." -- Los Angeles Times
"An epic...brimming with vitality and outrage....the rare 560-page book you wish would never end."
-- People "Book of the Week"!
"With its bold reversals of fate and flamboyant cast, this is storytelling on a grand scale....As Demon discovers, owning his story - every part of it - and finding a way to tell it is how he'll wrest some control over his life. And what a story it is: acute, impassioned, heartbreakingly evocative, told by a narrator who's a product of multiple failed systems, yes, but also of a deep rural landscape with its own sustaining traditions." -- The Guardian
"An extraordinary new novel....Much like Douglas Stuart's Shuggie Bain or Charles Dickens' David Copperfield, Kingsolver's epic is narrated by a self-professed screwup with a heart of gold...chock-full of cinematic twists and turns. It's a book that demands we start paying attention to -- and embracing -- a long-ignored community and its people." -- San Francisco Chronicle
"A brilliant story...A page turner and Kingsolver's best novel by far.... Kingsolver has some of Mark Twain in her, along with 21st-century gifts of her own. More than ever, she is our literary mirror and window. May this novel be widely read and championed." -- Minneapolis Star-Tribune
"Kingsolver's new novel is her best in years...The character of Damon is right up there with the best classic orphans of literatre. Believe me: you will root for this lost boy." -- Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
"In Demon Copperhead...Kingsolver channels the voice of a disenfranchised boy lost in the failures of our social system. It's a testament to her storytelling mastery that this novel also illustrates how deeply intertwined our attitudes about nature are with our collective destiny. As always, her purpose is to make us think about the ways we all must look out for each other." -- Arizona Republic
"Absorbing....Readers see the yearning for love and wells of compassion hidden beneath Demon's self-protective exterior.... Emotionally engaging is Demon's fierce attachment to his home ground, a place where he is known and supported, tested to the breaking point as the opiate epidemic engulfs it.... An angry, powerful book seething with love and outrage for a community too often stereotyped or ignored." -- Kirkus Review (Starred Review)
"Kingsolver's capacious, ingenious, wrenching, and funny survivor's tale is a virtuoso present-day variation on Charles Dickens' David Copperfield....Kingsolver's tour de force is a serpentine, hard-striking tale of profound dimension and resonance." -- Booklist (Starred Review)
"A deeply evocative story...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." -- Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
"Kingsolver brings a notably different energy from her previous work to Demon Copperhead...through a tremendous narrative voice, one so sharp and fresh as to overwhelm the reader's senses....Demon's spirit comes through, and it is haunting. It's the reason the pages keep turning....Kingsolver has made this story her own, and what a joy it is to slip into this world and inhabit it, even with all its challenges." -- BookPage
"Demon Copperhead is a propulsive reading experience, energetic and funny while still conveying Kingsolver's fury at the institutions that have let her community down." -- Slate
"You'll be enthralled by [Demon's] voice, simultaneously hilarious and wise, as he illuminates life in rural America.....this is the ideal late-fall read to sink your teeth into."
-- Real Simple
"A dazzling novel....a lyrical re-dreaming of Dickens's David Copperfield. The social injustices of Victorian England have been transplanted, with spellbinding success, to modern-day Appalachia...populated by America's rural white underclass and now ravaged by the opioid crisis...Kingsolver maintains an astonishing level of energy and intensity....This novel is surely a highpoint of Kingsolver's long career and a strong early candidate for next year's Booker Prize." -- Times Literary Supplement
"A riveting, epic tale...[Kingsolver's] exquisite writing takes a wrenching story and makes it worthwhile... Kingsolver has given us a superb novel." -- Christian Science Monitor
"...a heartrending, probing and ultimately hopeful tale about a young boy's journey from devastation to survival....It's hard to ascertain which is more brilliant, Kingsolver's skill in modernizing Dickens' narrative or the voice she gives to the privations and adversities facing the land and people she so dearly loves." -- Atlanta Journal-Constitution