Prodigal Summer, by Barbara Kingsolver

I just finished Prodigal Summer, by Barbara Kingsolver. I picked this book up twice and put it right back down again. However, the third time around I made a pact with myself to stick with it..no matter what. I am so glad I did! In hindsight, I have no idea why I had such a hard time with it the first two times. Here is the blurb from Barnes & Noble:

Over the course of one humid summer, as the urge to procreate overtakes the countryside, these characters find their connections to one another and to the flora and fauna with whom they share a place.

Rich and lush. Those are the two words that come to mind. The book takes us through three, interwoven stories about nature and love. We meet a ranger whose main task is to protect a mountain and the conflict between her and the hunter that threatens it. We also meet a young woman, overcome with grief, and how she struggles to make a life for herself on a farm. The last couple, consist of two elderly neighbors. Each trying to co-exist on their land that sits right next to each other.

There are some tender moments.. and a lot of funny ones. I found myself re-reading certain passages because they were written so beautifully. This would be a great book to kick-off summer. If you read it..let me know what you think of it.

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Saturday Stuff: Movie Fun

My daughter and I went to an early showing of Kung Fu Panda. It was really good. The special effects were awesome. My son and I were supposed to see Wicked but he got grounded so our plans changed. He was not happy to have missed out on a movie either but that’s how the ball bounces! Maybe, if he is really good.. I will try to take him in July. That will give me time to read the book as the show was based on the novel.

In a couple of weeks, my son is in a production of Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. I am in charge of props and so I have been running around trying to gather up what we need. Whatever we don’t find we need to rent. It’s a lot of fun, but as production week approaches, things get a little bit crazy.

Sunday we may sign-up at the local community pool but not much else. Gas is too expensive to really drive anywhere and really, who wants to anyway?

Hope you are all having a wonderful Saturday.

Chatting with friends about books and life…