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Demon Copperhead

Barbara Kingsolver

This instant classic is a masterpiece in storytelling from one of the worlds best-loved novelists. A once-in-a-generation novel, it breaks and mends your heart in the way only the BEST fiction can.

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Format
Paperback
ISBN
9780571376483
Date Published
04.05.2023
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Summary

A masterpiece in storytelling from the global bestselling author of Unsheltered and Flight Behaviour.

LONGLISTED FOR THE WOMEN’S PRIZE
THE MULTI-MILLION COPY SELLING AUTHOR
BOOK AT BEDTIME ON BBC RADIO 4
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WITH OVER 18,000 5* REVIEWS

‘Extraordinary.’ Oprah
‘She means to save us by telling us stories … She comes closer than anyone else I know.’ Ann Patchett
‘Electrifying. . . Every sentence here sizzles.’ Daily Mail
‘It’s EPIC. Righteously angry, DEEPLY moving and exquisitely written.’ Marian Keyes
‘A powerful tale.’ Good Housekeeping
‘A fantastic read.’ Emily Maitlis
‘A masterclass.’ Richard Powers

Demon Copperhead is a once-in-a-generation novel that breaks and mends your heart in the way only the best fiction can.

Demon’s story begins with his traumatic birth to a single mother in a single-wide trailer, looking ‘like a little blue prizefighter.’ For the life ahead of him he would need all of that fighting spirit, along with buckets of charm, a quick wit, and some unexpected talents, legal and otherwise.

In the southern Appalachian Mountains of Virginia, poverty isn’t an idea, it’s as natural as the grass grows. For a generation growing up in this world, at the heart of the modern opioid crisis, addiction isn’t an abstraction, it’s neighbours, parents, and friends. ‘Family’ could mean love, or reluctant foster care. For Demon, born on the wrong side of luck, the affection and safety he craves is as remote as the ocean he dreams of seeing one day. The wonder is in how far he’s willing to travel to try and get there.

Suffused with truth, anger and compassion, Demon Copperhead is an epic tale of love, loss and everything in between.

‘Legit about to get an ‘I’d rather be reading Demon Copperhead’ sticker for my Nissan Murano.’ Rob Delaney

Critic Reviews

Demon Copperhead is a work of genius. . . Demon himself is an incredible character, and you are just rooting for him every step of the way’

Critic Reviews

A blaze of a book. . . I cried because I believe in the salvation of Demon, against every odd you can name, and I am so grateful for that when there is so much to be angry and fearful about. . . It’s one of those rare books that you know will always be with you, and your life will be a little better because of it.

Critic Reviews

‘A towering, deeply powerful and significant book. Brilliant and visceral, it is storytelling by an author at the top of her game. We were all deeply moved. . . Demon Copperhead tackles universal themes – from addiction and poverty, to family, love, and the power of friendship and art – it packs a triumphant emotional punch, and it is a novel that will withstand the test of time.’

Critic Reviews

'It's EPIC. Righteously angry, DEEPLY moving, wholly immersive, totally convincing and exquisetly written. She is so GIFTED.'

Critic Reviews

'[Demon’s narration] is one of the great virtuosic vocal performances. . . this guy’s voice is just pouring out. It was a masterclass in how to make sentences just soar and how to make a character lift off.'

Critic Reviews

Reinventing Charles Dickens' David Copperfield . . . this polemical epic held me spellbound with its wisecracking Holden Caulfield-esque narration, its lyrical evocation of place, its humour, heart, pain and redemption. Unmissable.

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What Readers Are Saying
***** ‘An amazing, beautifully written story I cannot wait to recommend to everyone I know.’
***** ‘Powerful and brilliant. To immerse yourself in a Kingsolver novel is to put yourself in the hands of a master.’
***** ‘A must read and heart-opening book.’
***** ‘Raw, angry, starkly beautiful. . . Genuinely one of the best books I’ve ever read.’
***** ‘Amazingly complex. . . [Kingsolver] is, by far, one of the greatest living authors’
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Barbara Kingsolver is the global prize-winning and bestselling author of novels including Unsheltered, Flight Behaviour, The Lacuna, The Poisonwood Bible and Demon Copperhead, as well as books of poetry, essays and creative non-fiction. Her work of narrative non-fiction is the influential bestseller Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life. Kingsolver’s work has been translated into more than thirty languages…

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