Contemporary Fiction

The Poisonwood Bible

by Barbara Kingsolver

Quick take

Kingsolver’s masterpiece, a modern classic first published in 1998, is epic in scope and size.

Why I love it

Maybe it’s her credential as a biologist that gives author Barbara Kingsolver a thrillingly unique perspective into the natural worlds her characters live in, even as she creates lively worlds in the interiors of their minds. Set in the Belgian Congo beginning in 1959, The Poisonwood Bible is Kingsolver’s masterpiece, a modern classic first published in 1998, epic in scope and size. It’s the stor...

Member thoughts

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  • Cammy T.

    Lebanon, TN

    "This book was a benchmark for me so many years ago and my first official "re-read" as a personal challenge to myself. It still moved me deeply. "

  • Renee C.

    Albany, OR

    "I adored this book when I first read it, and I was thrilled to add a hardcover copy to my library. "

  • Percy E.

    Gilroy, CA

    "Wonderfully written story of a missionary family in Africa... really makes you think about this time in history."

  • Ana M.

    Memphis, TN

    "This is my all time favorite book. Ordered to replace my original copy that has been read so many times it is falling apart. Her best book by far. "

  • Elizabeth D.

    Bloomington, IL

    "Long book and took me awhile to get into it, but once I got going, I loved it. Very interesting and unique story-telling."

  • Megan S.

    Brooklyn, NY

    "I LOVED this book. I had meant to read it for ages, so when I saw it out of the BOTM vault, I had to order it. So glad I did. Just pure magic. Such a beautiful story of love, discovery, and faith."

  • Fern J.

    Herndon, VA

    "I loved this book! Unforgettable characters and a riveting story set in a time and place I knew little about. Thanks, BOMC, for republishing this beautifully written, remarkable book."

  • Emily F.

    Bentonville, AR

    "This. Was. Fascinating! I couldn't read it fast enough. Great character development. Enjoyed the strength of women in so many different ways. This book is older but I'd highly recommend it!"

  • Robyn G.

    Knoxville, TN

    "Such a good book about a missionary family in Africa. Humorous, heartbreaking, and insightful are all adjectives I would use to describe it. Can't recommend it highly enough!"

  • Melissa C.

    Ossipee , NH

    "Beautifully written. A book I keep going back to since I first read it at 18 and I still end it with a new outlook. Definitely one of my favorites "

  • Debbi D.

    Apex, NC

    "I loved this book just as much, when I read it the second time, as I did the first time I read it!"