The Poisonwood Bible is a story told by the wife and four daughters of Nathan Price, a fierce, evangelical Baptist who takes his family and mission to the Belgian Congo in 1959. They carry with them everything they believe they will need from home, but soon find that all of it—from garden seeds to Scripture—is calamitously transformed on African soil. What follows is a suspenseful epic of one family's tragic undoing and remarkable reconstruction over the course of three decades in postcolonial Africa.
About the Author
BARBARA KINGSOLVER is the author of eight works of fiction, including the novels The Lacuna, The Poisonwood Bible, Animal Dreams and The Bean Trees, as well as books of poetry, essays and creative non-fiction. Her only work of narrative nonfiction was the enormously influential bestseller Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life. In 2000, she was awarded the National Humanities Medal, and in 2011, the Dayton Literary Peace Prize for her body of work. She lives with her family on a farm in southern Appalachia.