Faber announces Unsheltered: an ‘exquisite, brave, funny, political and intimate’ novel for our times by Barbara Kingsolver

Faber is thrilled to announce the publication of Unsheltered on 18 October 2018, a novel by internationally bestselling author Barbara Kingsolver.

Editorial Director, Louisa Joyner, said: ‘To be playing a part in the publication of Unsheltered is a​ privilege and a joy. It is signature Kingsolver: exquisite, brave, funny, political and intimate. I cannot wait to share it.’

‘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 unraveling. It isn’t the first time. People are such interesting animals. Unsheltered speaks to these moments, and uses the lens of unravelings past to ask where we might be headed.’ ​Barbara Kingsolver

 2016 Vineland

Meet Willa Knox, a woman who stands braced against the vicissitudes of her shattered life and family – and the crumbling house that contains her.

 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.

 A testament to the power and goodness of the human spirit, Unsheltered explores the foundations we build, crossing time and place to give us all a little more hope in those around us, and a little more faith in ourselves.

 Unsheltered is a novel for our troubled times.


Barbara Kingsolver is one of the most important voices ​of our time. Her previous fourteen works of fiction and non-fiction have been translated into dozens of languages and earned a devoted readership. 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 now lives with her family on a farm in southern Appalachia.

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