“So what do you do now? You get to find your own way to dig out a heart and shake it off and hold it up to the light again?”–Leah Price, The Poisonwood Bible
- Here’s what happens:
- The Price family arrives in the Belgian Congo as Baptist missionaries, determined to save the souls of the African villagers–or at the very least, to survive. This is the story of how African, instead, changes them. Caught up in the Congo’s fight for independence, the Prices are racked by disease, war, privilege, ignorance, spirituality, racism; what was supposed to be a year-long mission winds up being a life-changing (and even, life-ending) turn of events.
- It’s good because:
- I don’t know what I was doing with myself waiting so long to read this magnificent piece of literature. It is sensitive and honest and tragic and insightful; this has to be one of the most amazing books I’ve ever read, and I’ll carry it in my heart for a long time. Kingsolver’s fresh take on privilege, colonialism, and our ability to help each other is ground-breaking and very relevant. Told through the eyes of the five Price women, each adding their own biases and opinions and experiences to their African plight, I couldn’t help but see a bit of myself in each of these girls–even my least favorite. I recorded several quotes from this book because I was so taken aback by how candid and profound this story was.
- Read if:
- I truly can’t imagine what it must be like living with a story this big and beautiful inside of you, and I intend to write Kingsolver to ask. This book is much more than the story of a family in Africa; it’s a glimpse into the history of modern civilization. I really can’t express enough how moving this book was. Don’t wait a minute longer to read it.
Up next: Ecuador with Allison Amend’s Enchanted Islands!