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Poisonwood Bible, The (Barbara Kingsolver)

Orleanna Price, the mother of four girls (Rachel, Leah, Adah, Ruth May) and wife of Nathan Price (a Baptist preacher), finds herself dropped in the middle of the jungle in the heart of Africa in 1959. This missionary family comes to the Congo with what they believe to be honorable intentions: to help the people live a “better” life and to save their “heathen” souls. We live with the Price family for the year they spend in Kilanga, and then we follow them in and out of Africa and America for the next three and a half decades. Meanwhile, a political drama of tremendous magnitude is unfolding around them. We watch as the fledgling Congo gains its independence from Europe, and we see how the United States becomes involved. As we get to know each of the Price women — and through their eyes, Nathan — we catch glimpses into the lives of the rural Congolese, of the missionary movement, of American intervention and complicity, and of the budding independence of a country that has been controlled and suppressed for decades.


This Bookclub-in-a-Box PDF discussion guide (93 pages) for Barbara Kingsolver's novel The Poisonwood Bible includes:

• Novel synopsis
• Author information
• Character analysis
• Focus points and themes
• Writing style and structure
• Symbols
• Important quotes from the novel
• Book club discussion questions


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