Book Review – Prodigal Summer

According to Amazon this book weaves together three stories of human love within a larger tapestry of lives amid the mountains and farms of southern Appalachia. Over the course of one humid summer, this novel’s intriguing protagonists face disparate predicaments but find connections to one another and to the flora and fauna with which they necessarily share a place.

I enjoyed this book, but felt that the ending was a bit rushed, almost as if Ms. Kingsolver got tired of writing it. I was particularly in love with Lusa’s character and found her nature to be the most appealing of the three strong female leads. The book does a good job in showing the relationships that humans maintain with the natural world around them and how our influence impacts it both negatively and positively. I found the main theme of the book to be interconnection illustrating that nothing exists in a vacuum. I’m in agreement with this philosophy so certainly did not have a hard time agreeing with the objective of the book.

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