Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver
I have been meaning to read a Kingsolver book for well over a year, having three sitting on my bookshelf waiting to be read. I chose this one for the title alone, because it just seemed an obvious choice for summer reading. If you are tired of fighting library hold lists for new releases, this one was published 20 years ago, so it should be easier to get your hands on!
The Premise: Described as “a hymn to wildness that celebrates the prodigal spirit of human nature, and of nature itself”, this is less of a story and more of a glimpse into the lives of 3 characters living in the rural mountains of Appalachia. Kingsolver beautifully writes of the lives, thoughts and feelings of these 3 people; Deanna, Lusa and Garnett and their connections to the natural world that surrounds them. The descriptions of the mountains and it’s plants and animals made me feel like I was right there! Prodigal Summer is not a heavy on plot, but Kingsolver expertly connected everyone together, creating places and people that were so real, I didn’t want to leave them when the book ended.
This is a perfect book to enjoy during the hot and muggy days of summer, and I can guarantee it will be on my re-read pile next year!