Animal Dreams by Barbara Kingsolver

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Kingsolver brings to our literary panorama a social consciousness that is bedrock to her rich prose style . . . as profoundly regional as uniquely global.
-LA Times

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From Barbara Kingsolver, the acclaimed author of Flight Behavior, The Lacuna, The Bean Trees, and other modern classics, Animal Dreams is a passionate and complex novel about love, forgiveness, and one woman’s struggle to find her place in the world.

At the end of her rope, Codi Noline returns to her Arizona home to face her ailing father, with whom she has a difficult, distant relationship. There she meets handsome Apache trainman Loyd Peregrina, who tells her, “If you want sweet dreams, you’ve got to live a sweet life.”

Filled with lyrical writing, Native American legends, a tender love story, and Codi’s quest for identity, Animal Dreams is literary fiction at it’s very best.

This edition includes a P.S. section with additional insights from Barbara Kingsolver, background material, suggestions for further reading, and more.

 

About Barbara Kingsolver

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Barbara Kingsolver is the author of seven works of fiction, including the novels The Poisonwood Bible, Animal Dreams, and The Bean Trees, as well as books of poetry, essays, and creative nonfiction such as Animal, Vegetable, Miracle. In 2000, she was awarded the National Humanities Medal, our country's highest honor for service through the arts. She lives with her family on a farm in southern Appalachia.
 
Published October 13, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 355 pages
Genres: Romance, Literature & Fiction, Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, History, Education & Reference. Fiction
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All: 4 | Positive: 3 | Negative: 1

Kirkus

Above average

Kingsolver has political conviction, a wonderful eye for the surface of things and many charming poetic conceits, but here her characters seem constructed rather than real. A promising miss.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent

Well-nigh perfect novel, masterfully written, brimming with insight, humor and compassion.

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LA Times

Good
on Sep 23 1990

Kingsolver brings to our literary panorama a social consciousness that is bedrock to her rich prose style . . . as profoundly regional as uniquely global.

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Pajiba

Above average
on Jul 05 2010

here is a lot of description to wade through, but since Kingsolver’s writing is so beautiful it’s not much of a hardship.

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