Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver

I’ve been in a bit of a reading funk lately – gobbling up rom coms and historical mysteries (which I love) but unable to really sink my teeth into anything. I’d start and stop, pick up and put down, but nothing was working for me. I should have known that what I really needed was a Barbara Kingsolver book. It’s rare that I DON’T love a book by Kingsolver and Demon Copperhead did not disappoint.

Kingsolver’s latest is a perfect example of what she does best, melding superb storytelling, evocative characters, and keen insight into the human spirit. Demon Copperhead is a loose retelling of Dickens’ David Copperfield, set in Appalachia at the height of the opoid crisis as orphaned Demon navigates poverty, addiction, and a system designed to fail people like him.

This book was compelling in all the right ways. Yes, the plot was engaging and by the end of the book I was staying up way too late to see what happened next. But more than that, I was drawn into a world that showed the absolute best and worst of humanity. Both heart-achingly sad and weirdly hopeful, this was a five-star, must read.

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