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Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver

Faber & Faber Ltd, UK 2018

HarperCollins Publishers, USA 2018


The first chapter of this book is called "Falling House"; I read just over half of it before falling asleep.


I am reminded of a book I read many years ago because it was endorsed by Toni Morrison, The Testing of Luther Albright by Mackenzie Bezos. Whereas I remember it being more engaging than Unsheltered (I think I read the whole book), it, too, used a house-falling-apart type analogy (bad pipes in this case) which really got to be too much. No, please! I wanted to scream after many chapters full, no more bursting pipe metaphors! I felt this same scream arising in Unsheltered, but this time in the first sentence: "The simplest thing would be to tear it down," the man said. "The house is a shambles."

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kelliebooksblog
kelliebooksblog
Apr 15, 2020

Thanks for your comment. It's good to get another point of view!

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yvonnelemonnier
yvonnelemonnier
Apr 15, 2020

It wasn't that bad! It wasn't as good as The Poisonwood Bible for sure, and I didn't like jumping back and forth between the dual storylines, but I did like some of the characters (especially Tig) as well as Kingsolver's descriptions of being out-of-sync with society.

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