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Demon Copperhead

In the impoverished mountains of southern Appalachia, Demon Copperhead, an intelligent and resilient boy born to a single teenage mother, navigates the harsh realities of life in a forgotten community. Abandoned by his father at a young age, Demon battles poverty, instability, and a foster care system that offers little support.

  • Rating:
    4.00 out of 5
  • Author: Barbara Kingsolver
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Year of Publication: 2022
  • Genre: Literary Fiction
  • No of Pages: 560

Summary and Reviews


In the impoverished mountains of southern Appalachia, Demon Copperhead, an intelligent and resilient boy born to a single teenage mother, navigates the harsh realities of life in a forgotten community. Abandoned by his father at a young age, Demon battles poverty, instability, and a foster care system that offers little support.

Despite the challenges he faces, Demon exhibits a remarkable spirit and determination, finding solace in his love for storytelling and his unwavering belief in a better future. Through his keen observations and sharp wit, Demon paints a vivid portrait of his world, revealing the struggles and resilience of those he encounters.

As Demon grows older, he confronts the complexities of love, loss, and the weight of family secrets. He grapples with the allure of escape and the realization that his roots run deep in the Appalachian soil.

With a compassionate and insightful voice, Barbara Kingsolver captures the essence of Demon's journey, weaving a tale of resilience, community, and the enduring power of the human spirit.

Key Themes:

  • Poverty and resilience
  • Family and community
  • Coming of age
  • The power of storytelling
  • The search for identity and belonging

Tags

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  • Appalachian literature themes
  • Poverty and resilience themes
  • Coming-of-age themes
  • Family and community themes
  • Storytelling themes
  • Identity and belonging themes
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  • Appalachian literature books
  • Coming-of-age books
  • Family and community books
  • Storytelling books
  • Identity and belonging books

Additional Notes:

  • "Demon Copperhead" was a co-recipient of the 2023 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.
  • The novel has been praised for its captivating storytelling, complex characters, and insightful exploration of social issues.