LONDON, Feb 1 — Barbara Kingsolver’s UK publisher has revealed that the American novelist has a new book due out in October that it calls a “testament to the power and goodness of the human spirit”.
Unsheltered will take place in two time frames in the town of Vineland, New Jersey: in 2016, when a woman named Willa Knox is dealing with the aftermath of a shattered life and family; and 1871, as a small town school’s new science teacher and Darwin advocate Thatcher Greenwood struggles against the status quo.
“Both Willa and Thatcher resist the prevailing logic. Both are asked to pay a high price for their courage,” reads the publisher’s description.
Kingsolver suggests that the book is a particularly topical one, stating, “We’re living through a scary historical moment when the most basic agreements about who we are as citizens, and how we’ll succeed in the world, are suddenly unravelling. It isn’t the first time. ... Unsheltered speaks to these moments, and uses the lens of unravellings past to ask where we might be headed.”
Faber editorial director Louisa Joyner calls the novel “signature Kingsolver: exquisite, brave, funny, political and intimate”.
Kingsolver is the author of novels including The Poisonwood Bible and The Lacuna, for which she won an Orange Prize.
“Unsheltered” is slated to publish on October 16 in the US and October 18 in the UK. — AFP-Relaxnews