I’ve been spending this morning trying fix my sidebar. Over the weekend everything I had there disappeared. Oh, well.
Only one book in my mailbox this week. It’s one I got from Paperbackswap.
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
God’s Kingdom in its pure, unenlightened glory. So fourteen-year-old Leah Price expects when, in the summer of 1959, she arrives in the Congo with her family. Her Baptist-preacher father, Reverend Nathan Price, assigned to Kilanga mission, is determined to enlighten the savages and to rule his family with strict biblical sanction. Leah’s twin, Adah, the victim of hemiplegia at birth, limps along and maintains silence. Fifteen-year-old Rachel resents being dropped on “this dread dark shore” far from America’s fashions and comforts. Ruth May, five years old, faints. And their mother, Orleanna, readies herself to protect them all from whatever perils may come–from jungle, river, or father and his terrible God. From 1959 through 1998, the Price sisters tell their stories, in alternating narratives that reflect their ages as the years pass and the understandings that they achieve. Those stories–together with Orleanna’s retrospective commentaries–reveal the amazing forty-year saga that the Prices and the Congo share. Cultural and spiritual conflicts, confusion and revelation, hunger and pleasure, cruelties and kindness, suffering and love, all combine with the day-to-day life in Africa’s villages to enrich this wondrous tale.
Mailbox Monday is taking a blog tour. This month’s host is Julie of Knitting and Sundries. Head over there to see what goodies others got in their boxes and to share your own loot.
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