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Demon Copperhead

By: Barbara Kingsolver
Narrated by: Charlie Thurston
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Summary

Demon Copperhead is a once-in-a-generation novel that breaks and mends your heart in the way only the best fiction can.

WINNER OF THE WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2023

SHORTLISTED FOR THE ORWELL PRIZE FOR POLITICAL FICTION

SHORTLISTED FOR THE JAMES TAIT BLACK PRIZE FOR FICTION

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Demon’s story begins with his traumatic birth to a single mother in a single-wide trailer, looking ‘like a little blue prizefighter.’ For the life ahead of him he would need all of that fighting spirit, along with buckets of charm, a quick wit, and some unexpected talents, legal and otherwise.

In the southern Appalachian Mountains of Virginia, poverty and addiction aren’t ideas. They’re as natural as the grass grows. For Demon, born on the wrong side of luck, the affection and safety he craves is as remote as the ocean he dreams of seeing one day. The wonder is in how far he’s willing to travel to try and get there.

Suffused with truth, anger and compassion, Demon Copperhead is an epic tale of love, loss and everything in between.

©2022 Faber & Faber (P)2022 Faber & Faber

Critic reviews

‘Daring, entertaining and highly readable’ The Times

'It's EPIC. Righteously angry, DEEPLY moving and exquisitely written.' Marian Keyes

‘Emotionally raw and riotously entertaining’ Spectator

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21st Century David Cooper field.

If you love David Coperfield you will love this 21st Century twist on the story. excellent story telling the characters feel real. you cannot help but feel & sympathize with Daemon. I wanted to help him & wanted him to escape the trails & tribulations of his horrendous life. It makes you think. The narrator keeps you interested with the lively voices.

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I just loved this book

The story and the narrator were perfect together. I loved everything about the book, the characters, the language, the resilience and continued integrity of Demon even at rock bottom and the ending!! This will go down as one of my favourite ever listens.

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Unbelievably beautiful

Gorgeously written and astoundingly read. Perhaps the best story telling and listen my 500+ audio book history.

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Gripping story with fascinating facts

I have really enjoyed all Barbara Kingsolver’s books and this one is another gem. I was initially unsure about the narrator’s accent but came to realise this was exactly right for the story. And enjoyed it all the more for that.

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Fantastic Read

Thought provoking, beautifully written, fascinating insights.
I would highly recommend this book, a rollercoaster .

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another amazing book by my fav author

think this will be my new favourite book by BK. I love her work so much, this makes me want to go back and re-read all the others. felt the full range of emotions and longing to visit the landscapea described.

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Best of Kingsolver

I have always been a fan of Barbara Kingsolver, but this book is by far her most impressive piece of work.

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Best book this year

I loved this book from the first paragraph. It rattles along and the characters captivated me especially Demon. I was rooting for him from the start. It’s a tough listen in places but the opioids scandal and the grinding poverty of rural America are real and the stories need to be told. The narrator is superb also. It’s a smart reimagining of David Copperfield but it doesn’t matter if you’ve never read that book.

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A really good book and very well read

An incredibly powerful story, full of anguish and humour courage of the sort that doesn’t realise it’s courage because it doesn’t see there being an alternative. And a real explanation of the resentment of poor and rural communities, who’ve not chosen their lot, against the ‘citified’ and/or affluent - which I’d not really thought about before. Highly recommended

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Such a fantastic read

Firstly the narration of this book is exceptional. The story itself is wonderful - Demon is a brilliant character. Loved it!

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