The Poisonwood Bible

The Poisonwood Bible, written by Barbara Kingsolver and published in 1998, is a literary masterpiece that follows the story of an evangelical Baptist missionary family who moves to the Belgian Congo in 1959. Through five narrative voices—Nathan Price, his wife Orleanna Price, and their four daughters—King Solver examines themes such as imperialism, religion, colonialism and gender roles. In addition to its captivating storyline filled with dynamic characters and complex relationships between them all, it is also notable for its poetic prose, which features vivid descriptions of nature's beauty along with detailed accounts of life in Africa during this era. As a result of these two elements combined, readers are provided with an immersive experience that allows them to be fully absorbed into this world while being exposed to multiple perspectives on various social issues at play within it. This makes The Poisonwood Bible not only one of King Solver's most acclaimed works, but also one of her most important contributions to literature as well.