The author of The Poisonwood Bible returns with her first novel in nine years, The Lacuna. Below, a refresher course in the richly drawn characters and tangled cultural crossings of Kingsolver's fiction.
By Jessica Winter
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Prodigal Summer (2000)
The gist: A trio of linked Appalachian tales about the birds and the bees.
The culture shock: City girl marries into country family, stubborn codger is sweet on hippie chick, coyote researcher falls for coyote hunter.
The big question: What's the difference between lust and love?