It's pitch day for our winter 2024 Read With Us selection, The Poisonwood Bible by…
Today is a very exciting day. A day that only comes 4 times per year. It’s the day when we announce our next Read With Us book. In keeping with the tradition we started last year, our winter selection is once again a contemporary classic. A book you may have read before or perhaps you may have missed but one that we think it still relevant and worthy of our time and discussion. This time around that book is . . .
Here’s your standard book jacket blurb: The Poisonwood Bible is a story told by the wife and four daughters of Nathan Price, a fierce, evangelical Baptist who takes his family and mission to the Belgian Congo in 1959. They carry with them everything they believe they will need from home, but soon find that all of it — from garden seeds to Scripture — is calamitously transformed on African soil. What follows is a suspenseful epic of one family’s tragic undoing and remarkable reconstruction over the course of three decades in postcolonial Africa.
Now. I read this book back in 2000. And I hated it! And yet, I’m the one who suggested it to Bonny and Kym. It may seem strange to think I’d want to read a book I initially hated but the truth is that I think I’m a different reader now than I was back in 2000. I think I have a deeper appreciation for literary fiction. And a much broader interest in places and subjects I don’t know much about. I’m really looking forward to reading this and having a new, positive experience with it.
And I hope you will join me, errrrr, us. And read it, too.