Lynn Isaac & Christine Llewellyn
203-438-8142 (Lynn); 203-403-3313 (Christine)
Tuesday, October 25, 8 PM
20 Douglas Lane
For October, we will be reading The Poisonwood Bible: A Novel, by Barbara Kingsolver. Please join us at Lynn Isaac’s home on October 25th at 8pm for lively conversation and discussion. Kindly bring either something savory or sweet - but casual and small in quantity - or a drink to share. Please RSVP to email@example.com by Tuesday, October 18th.
Amazon.com Product Description:
The Poisonwood Bible: A Novel 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.
Amazon.com Review (excerpt):
As any reader of The Mosquito Coast knows, men who drag their families to far-off climes in pursuit of an Idea seldom come to any good. So when Barbara Kingsolver sends missionary Nathan Price along with his wife and four daughters off to Africa in The Poisonwood Bible, you can be sure that salvation is the one thing they're not likely to find. Nathan, a Baptist preacher, has come to spread the Word in a remote village reachable only by airplane. To say that he and his family are woefully unprepared would be an understatement: "We came from Bethlehem, Georgia, bearing Betty Crocker cake mixes into the jungle," says Leah, one of Nathan's daughters. But of course it isn't long before they discover that the tremendous humidity has rendered the mixes unusable,
their clothes are unsuitable, and they've arrived in the middle of political upheaval as the Congolese seek to wrest independence from Belgium. In addition to poisonous snakes, dangerous animals, and the hostility of the villagers to Nathan's fiery take-no-prisoners brand of Christianity, there are also rebels in the jungle and the
threat of war in the air. Could things get any worse?
Several copies of our monthly selection will be on hold at the Ridgefield Library by late September. Please ask at the circulation desk for a copy to borrow.
SAVE THE DATE: In November, we will be meeting on November 17th. Book selection information to follow via email and next month’s newsletter.