The Poisonwood Bible
by Barbara Kingsolver
In BriefWhen the missionary Price family arrive in 1959 Congo, they plan on changing the local people. They have no idea how much the people and the land will change them. Against the backdrop of a troubled country's bid for independence, Nathan Price's wife and four daughters each tell their side of an extraordinary story in the heart of Africa.
Why you should read itBarbara Kingsolver weaves a rich family tapestry in this enormously popular literary adventure, deftly creating unique stylistic voices for the five narrators. Along the way, philosophical and spiritual questions are debated as American and Congolese cultures clash and mesh. This is a heartbreaking and uplifting story of daughters and mothers, and what we lose and gain while growing up.