This is a thank you note to Barbara Kingsolver for her incredible stories and for the hours of pure delight I have spent enjoying her story telling and stimulating my thinking.
A women’s literary journal was circulating around church one day, people were sharing this start up publication hoping for subscriptions and to promote a future. Those who had already read the magazine were all a buzz about the different authors showcased and about the young new writers getting their first publications. Barbara Kingsolver was highlighted with a short story.
Although I do not remember the story, I do remember moving into the story, it caught me up in the earliest of stages and when I had completed it I was definitely hungry for more.
In the late night, I replace worry by sliding one of Kingsolver’s books off the shelf and into my mind and I am fixed on the precision of the words, the introduction of depth, meanings and play as the story unfolds anew. I am in its powerful grip.
A gift to me was The Lacuna, her most recent book. Yes this is historic fiction and it teaches us about being outside and looking in at our own stories and mythologies about what is belonging and what is expression. I found it so relevant to today and contemporary acceptance and rejection – the concept that the USA is the exception, the superior and others should do our bidding. History is repeating itself with the flag of ignorance unfurled. I will need to read it again as the nuance and fine print dive deeply under the water of certain tides.
Animal Dreams taught me about sisters and dualism and the dust that trails behind our foot falls.
High Tide In Tuscan and Homeland, short story collections, set up my mouth watering and a craving for more and more.
The Bean Tree connected and followed by Pigs In Heaven filled me with wisdom about love and rejection; a teacher about culture that is hidden beneath the surface of our expectations and the art of being human.
Small Wonder assisted me in understanding the power of the essay and that there are folks who love to read and reread what is highlighted in shorter non-fiction.
I do not think I can read the Poisonwood Bible again because it played upon my fears of dysfunction moving into the world where it can do the most damage to the most people and then snake into itself and destroy. This was a story that I knew in my heart and I was drawn to witness again.
Prodigal Summer once again the outsider who does not truly fit in and yet finds the self in large letters building community and understanding what needs to be done.
The Non-Fiction account of her family transformation into Relocalization and their learning in Animal, Vegetable, is becoming a classic about all the things individuals and families can do to bring meaning and healing to the earth. The whole family becomes teachers of opportunity and green outcomes.
These are all stories of the outsider and belonging. They are gifts that just keep on giving.
Do you have a favorite author or one who just speaks to you in the middle of the night? Are there books you do not mind dusting? Never get tired of?
All of Barbara Kingsolver’s books are available through Amazon.com by clicking the link from this site or in the recommended reading section.
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