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Demon Copperhead

Written by: Barbara Kingsolver
Narrated by: Charlie Thurston
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WINNER OF THE 2023 PULITZER PRIZE WINNER OF THE WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION

A New York Times "Ten Best Books of 2022" • An Oprah’s Book Club Selection • An Instant New York Times Bestseller • An Instant Wall Street Journal Bestseller • A #1 Washington Post Bestseller

"Demon is a voice for the ages—akin to Huck Finn or Holden Caulfield—only even more resilient.” —Beth Macy, author of Dopesick

"May be the best novel of 2022. . . . Equal parts hilarious and heartbreaking, this is the story of an irrepressible boy nobody wants, but readers will love.” (Ron Charles, Washington Post)

From the acclaimed author of The Poisonwood Bible and The Bean Trees, a brilliant novel that enthralls, compels, and captures the heart as it evokes a young hero’s unforgettable journey to maturity

Set in the mountains of southern Appalachia, Demon Copperhead is the story of a boy born to a teenaged single mother in a single-wide trailer, with no assets beyond his dead father’s good looks and copper-colored hair, a caustic wit, and a fierce talent for survival. Relayed in his own unsparing voice, Demon braves the modern perils of foster care, child labor, derelict schools, athletic success, addiction, disastrous loves, and crushing losses. Through all of it, he reckons with his own invisibility in a popular culture where even the superheroes have abandoned rural people in favor of cities.

Many generations ago, Charles Dickens wrote David Copperfield from his experience as a survivor of institutional poverty and its damages to children in his society. Those problems have yet to be solved in ours. Dickens is not a prerequisite for listeners of this novel, but he provided its inspiration. In transposing a Victorian epic novel to the contemporary American South, Barbara Kingsolver enlists Dickens’ anger and compassion, and above all, his faith in the transformative powers of a good story. Demon Copperhead speaks for a new generation of lost boys, and all those born into beautiful, cursed places they can’t imagine leaving behind.

©2022 Barbara Kingsolver (P)2022 HarperCollins Publishers

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Brilliant narration of beautifully written story

The narrator was top notch. His pacing, his inflection and accent all bought you right into the mind of Daemon. At first I was upset that it just seemed to be a retelling of David Copperfield using different names without bringing anything significantly new but the author did a great job of reimagining the original into a very relevant and contemporary story that was heartbreakingly poignant. Kudos to both the author and the narrator. Loved this book

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Amazing

Wow! This book had me hooked very early on. The narrator’s voice is fantastic. The journey is so bittersweet. I felt very much for the character and loved how some rise up around him. Excellent story telling, complex issues and a treat it being set in the 90s.

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Incredible!

This is arguably the best English novel of 2022. Kingsolver’s coming of age novel chronicles a boy’s journey through poverty, domestic violence, foster care, addiction, grief, and social stigma; yet, in the darkness, Kingsolver holds onto threads of hope and goodness. Readers develop a deep sense of compassion for the main character, a better understanding

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Amazing writing. Unforgettable story.

Ten out of five. Amazing. I wanted it to go on forever. Desperately hoping for a sequel.

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Great listen

I really enjoyed this book and the narrator did an amazing job. I don’t think I would have liked this book as much without him. His accent was everything! Don’t wait, start listening asap.

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Best book of 2022?

I drove 25 hours over two days mostly listening to this novel. Reminiscent of Shuggie Bain but even better!

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Brilliant storytelling

An eye-opener into the opioid epidemic, and the struggles of generations of single parenting and foster kids. Kingslover brings Demons character into your home. You want to love him and protect him in so many ways. But in the end he comes around full circle. You want to cheer for him.

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no way it'll be a movie

how they'll turn this into a Oscar winner I'll never know. a really good story from start to finish

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Fabulous read

Loved this story, the characters, the writing, the narration. Was rooting for Demon from page 1 until the end and he will stay with me. Learned more than I wanted to know about addiction and was reminded of how our society should take more responsibility, as well as how many heroes go uncelebrated. A great read.

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Hard but ultimately rewarding

Characters and story so real and human that you can't help but fall for them.

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