BARBARA KINGSOLVER : UNSHELTERED
The new novel from the Orange Prize winner and international bestselling writer
1871 Vineland Thatcher Greenwood, the new science teacher, is a fervent advocate of the work of Charles Darwin, and he is keen to communicate his ideas to his students. But those in power in Thatcher’s small town have no desire for a new world order. Thatcher and his teachings are not welcome. . Both Willa and Thatcher resist the prevailing logic. Both are asked to pay a high price for their courage. From some storms no shelter is possible.
A testament to both the resilience and persistent myopia of the human condition, Unsheltered explores the foundations we build in life, spanning time and place, to give us all a clearer look at those around us and perhaps ourselves. Examining the theme of inheritance – whether social, economic or ecological – it blends warmth and wisdom, fearlessness and political acuity: a novel that speaks truly to our times.
Barbara Kingsolver: ‘We’re living through a scary historical moment when the most basic agreements about who we are as citizens, and how we’ll succeed in the world, are suddenly unravelling. It isn’t the first time. People are such interesting animals. Unsheltered speaks to these moments, and uses the lens of unravellings past to ask where we might be headed.’
Barbara Kingsolver’s previous fourteen works of fiction and non-fiction have been translated into many languages and earned a devoted readership. Her novel The Poisonwood Bible was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the Orange Prize, before being named an Oprah Book Club selection. She won the Orange Prize for The Lacuna and her novel Flight Behaviour was shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction. In 2000 she was awarded the National Humanities Medal, her country’s highest honour for service through the arts. Before she made her living as a writer, Kingsolver earned degrees in biology and worked as a scientist. She has lived in England, France and the Canary Islands, and has worked in Europe, Africa, Asia, Mexico and South America. She now lives with her family on a farm in southern Appalachia.
..7.00p.m. TUESDAY 13th NOVEMBER 2018
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