Evenings with an Author at the American Library in Paris is thrilled to continue our marquee series spotlighting exceptional thinkers of our age. Join Pulitzer Prize-winning author Barbara Kingsolver to discuss narrating Appalachia.
Barbara Kingsolver first rocketed to literary fame with her 1998 novel The Poisonwood Bible. Over the past year, she has swept the global literary marketplace yet again with the release of her new novel, Demon Copperhead, a spirited retelling of Charles Dickens’s David Copperfield. Kingsolver draws energy from Dickens’s beloved plot and characters, but with a crucial difference: her setting is not Dickens’s London, but contemporary Appalachia–specifically, the mountains of southwest Virginia. Like Dickens’s novel before it, Demon Copperhead confronts and condemns a range of social problems. Kingsolver’s targets include the opioid crisis, the foster care system, and the economic abandonment of Appalachia. Demon Copperhead offers a vivid portrayal of rural American life, reclaiming hero status for a region that is often ignored or disparaged in American film, television, and literature.
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