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This Month's Theme:
Mayhem and Madness
Books for May

Now:
The Poisonwood Bible
by Barbara Kingsolver

Sunday, May 10 at 6:30/5:30 am CT and 11:30/10:30 pm on KET2

Kentuckian Barbara Kingsolver's epic novel begins in 1959, when Nathan Price, a fiery evangelical preacher, uproots his family from their comfortable existence in Georgia and transplants them to a Baptist mission in the Belgian Congo.

The novel is told from the viewpoint of Nathan's wife, Orleanna, and his four daughters. No one in the Price family is prepared for the life that awaits them in Africa. As Orleanna says after discovering that her Betty Crocker cake mixes have turned brick-hard in the humidity, "We brought all the wrong things."

Set against the turbulent backdrop of Congo's war for independence and spanning more than three decades, The Poisonwood Bible explores the tragic consequences of Nathan's blind, unyielding zealotry. In this hostile incubator, as their mother despairs and their father descends into madness, the girls still manage to grow up and—in their different ways—come to terms with their surroundings.

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