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Demon Copperhead

By: Barbara Kingsolver
Narrated by: Charlie Thurston
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Publisher's Summary

Demon Copperhead is a once-in-a-generation novel that breaks and mends your heart in the way only the best fiction can.

WINNER OF THE WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2023

SHORTLISTED FOR THE ORWELL PRIZE FOR POLITICAL FICTION

SHORTLISTED FOR THE JAMES TAIT BLACK PRIZE FOR FICTION

THE MULTI-MILLION COPY SELLING AUTHOR

BOOK AT BEDTIME ON BBC RADIO 4

AN OPRAH BOOK CLUB PICK

Demon’s story begins with his traumatic birth to a single mother in a single-wide trailer, looking ‘like a little blue prizefighter.’ For the life ahead of him he would need all of that fighting spirit, along with buckets of charm, a quick wit, and some unexpected talents, legal and otherwise.

In the southern Appalachian Mountains of Virginia, poverty and addiction aren’t ideas. They’re as natural as the grass grows. For Demon, born on the wrong side of luck, the affection and safety he craves is as remote as the ocean he dreams of seeing one day. The wonder is in how far he’s willing to travel to try and get there.

Suffused with truth, anger and compassion, Demon Copperhead is an epic tale of love, loss and everything in between.

©2022 Faber & Faber (P)2022 Faber & Faber

Critic Reviews

‘Daring, entertaining and highly readable’ The Times

'It's EPIC. Righteously angry, DEEPLY moving and exquisitely written.' Marian Keyes   

‘Emotionally raw and riotously entertaining’ Spectator

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I did not want it to end!!

Amazing, I loved every sentence. Beautiful characters and story. So sad and so wonderful. It’s a definite read I reckon

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Loved it!😍

This book got better as you got to know the characters and was drawn into Demon's world. I didn't want it to end. The narration was fantastic.

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Slow boring recount

This is just a constant stream of retelling life in an extremely boring account. I gave up after a few hours.

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Long but well worth it

As always with Ms Kingsolver, a great story; some pretty tough sections; perfect ending (damp eyes from me). Loved the appropriate accent on the audiobook. Loved it all in fact.

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Didn’t enjoy this at all - abandoned halfway

Really did not enjoy the encyclopaedic recall of demons life and desires. Not sure why that was but found another 8 hours was just too much of my life to devote to it. Don’t recommend

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Must read!

Beautiful storytelling. She writes with so much empathy and understanding and provides such great insight and analysis into a societal crisis most would rather ignore.

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5 star read

I really enjoyed this book from beginning to finish and would heartily recommend it. I'm already looking forward to reading more of the authors books.

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listened with apprehension.

yet loved every minute of it. Demons voice carried me through. His humour and heart kept my coming back for more.

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Great story narrated beautifully

Amazing story of the childhood of Demon Copperhead ,it's read beautifully, I couldn't't stop listening.

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Deep and at times difficult, sarcasm breaks the tension. Great narration.

Deep and at times heartbreaking. Humorous sarcasm and descriptive narrative welcome relief from the realism.

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