By Barbara Kingsolver
The Poisonwood Bible is a narrative informed by way of the spouse and 4 daughters of Nathan rate, a fierce, evangelical Baptist who takes his kin and venture to the Belgian Congo in 1959. they bring with them every little thing they think they're going to want from domestic, yet quickly locate that each one of it—from backyard seeds to Scripture—is calamitously remodeled on African soil. What follows is a suspenseful epic of 1 family's tragic undoing and noteworthy reconstruction over the process 3 many years in postcolonial Africa.
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