I read books.

Animal Dreams (Barbara Kingsolver)

on June 20, 2011

I love Barbara Kingsolver’s ability to craft an image with words – this is one of my favorite of her books! While it has a political theme (as usual) – this time the U.S. is on the wrong side of the rebellion in Nicaragua – she still captivated me with her believable characters. Codi and Hallie are sisters from Grace, Arizona (fictional), reared by a widowed father who is caring but distant. When Codi has to return to her hometown to care for her ailing father, she confronts all her fears and insecurities that she had been running from her whole life. This small town life was very familiar to me, and I empathized deeply with Codi’s struggles to deal with the past. I loved her passionate relationship with her sister – their letter-writing was especially sweet. I also found the native American insights intriguing, and really liked Loyd (with one “l”).


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