By Barbara Kingsolver
The Poisonwood Bible is a narrative advised via the spouse and 4 daughters of Nathan rate, a fierce, evangelical Baptist who takes his kinfolk and undertaking to the Belgian Congo in 1959. they bring with them every thing they think they are going to desire from domestic, yet quickly locate that every one of it—from backyard seeds to Scripture—is calamitously reworked on African soil. What follows is a suspenseful epic of 1 family's tragic undoing and memorable reconstruction over the process 3 a long time in postcolonial Africa.
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