*** The Plot ***
A young but tough gal leaves her poor Kentucky home to make a new life for herself. Along the way she ends up with a baby (not her own) and must learn how to survive in the world. Her new found home in Arizona brings different and interesting people into her world. It also presents her with choices she must make regarding how to live her life.
*** My Thoughts ***
This book is about REAL people - not people that actually exist, but people that COULD exist. The way the main character ended up with the baby wasn't quite believable to me but every other aspect of this book could be a true story. The characters are real, the dialogue is real, the situations are real. If you want an authentic story about making do with what you've got, then this is it.
On the whole I did enjoy this book, but I was expecting more from it. It was a bit unfair of me though. Another of Kingsolver's books, THE POISONWOOD BIBLE, is one of my all-time favorites and I was expecting/hoping that this book would measure up to it. It didn't. But I think that if I had read this without any prior expectations, I'd have been pleased with it.
*** My Book Club ***
This was my book club's pick for the month of March. You can read about my club's discussion at our blog here. And I'll have a post up at ReadingGroupGuides.com sometime next week with more analysis of the book and our reactions to it - I hope you'll go check it out!
Do you always have high expectations for other books by an author you love? In the past have your your expectations been met or were you disappointed?