Homeland and Other Stories Author:Barbara Kingsolver With the same wit and sensitivity that have come to characterize her highly praised and beloved novels Animal Dreams and The Bean Trees, Barbara Kingsolver gives us a rich and emotionally resonant collection of twelve stories. Spreading her memorable characters over landscapes ranging from northern-California to the hills of easter... more »n Kentucky and the Caribbean island of St. Lucia, Kingsolver tells stories of hope, momentary joy, and powerful endurance. In every setting, Kingsolver's distinctive voice -- at times comic, but often heartrending -- rings true as she explores the twin themes of family ties and the life choices one must ultimately make alone. Homeland and Other Stories creates a world of love and possibility that readers will want to take as their own.
Barbara Kingsolver is an excellent storyteller, and this volume of her short stories is wide in scope. She really knows how to depict human nature, and these stories show her memorable characters with wit, humor, and heart.
Kingsolver's finely-drawn characters and her ability to evoke a place and time sing through these dozen short stories. Each one catches its characters at a specific place and time and asks them to make decisions great and small.
From the title story, in which a young girl travels with her family to her aged grandmother's hometown, to the final piece dealing with an outspoken woman caught up in a bitter mining strike, the characters move through living, breathing landscapes as they deal with the conundrums life has dealt them.
Oh, my first taste of non-fiction Barbara Kinsolver, and I wasn't crazy about it. Perhaps it is because her fiction is so magical and uplifting, even after your heart gets slammed down. These stories seemed abrupt and often sad. I could see where she borrowed some character's personalities from in the stories told here. I will try her other non-fiction offering because she is an excellent author, but not my favorite book.