Unsheltered

Unsheltered

A Novel

Downloadable Audiobook - 2018 | Unabridged
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The New York Times bestselling author of Flight Behavior, The Lacuna, and The Poisonwood Bible and recipient of numerous literary awards—including the National Humanities Medal, the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, and the Orange Prize—returns with a timely novel that interweaves past and present to explore the human capacity for resiliency and compassion in times of great upheaval.Willa Knox has always prided herself on being the embodiment of responsibility for her family. Which is why it's so unnerving that she's arrived at middle age with nothing to show for her hard work and dedication but a stack of unpaid bills and an inherited brick home in Vineland, New Jersey, that is literally falling apart. The magazine where she worked has folded, and the college where her husband had tenure has closed. The dilapidated house is also home to her ailing and cantankerous Greek father-in-law and her two grown children: her stubborn, free-spirited daughter, Tig, and her dutiful debt-ridden, ivy educated son, Zeke, who has arrived with his unplanned baby in the wake of a life-shattering development.In an act of desperation, Willa begins to investigate the history of her home, hoping that the local historical preservation society might take an interest and provide funding for its direly needed repairs. Through her research into Vineland's past and its creation as a Utopian community, she discovers a kindred spirit from the 1880s, Thatcher Greenwood.A science teacher with a lifelong passion for honest investigation, Thatcher finds himself under siege in his community for telling the truth: his employer forbids him to speak of the exciting new theory recently published by Charles Darwin. Thatcher's friendships with a brilliant woman scientist and a renegade newspaper editor draw him into a vendetta with the town's most powerful men. At home, his new wife and status-conscious mother-in-law bristle at the risk of scandal, and dismiss his financial worries and the news that their elegant house is structurally unsound.Brilliantly executed and compulsively listenable, Unsheltered is the story of two families, in two centuries, who live at the corner of Sixth and Plum, as they navigate the challenges of surviving a world in the throes of major cultural shifts. In this mesmerizing story told in alternating chapters, Willa and Thatcher come to realize that though the future is uncertain, even unnerving, shelter can be found in the bonds of kindred—whether family or friends—and in the strength of the human spirit.
Publisher: New York : HarperAudio, 2018
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9780062865502
Characteristics: 1 online resource (20 audio files) : digital
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Additional Contributors: Kingsolver, Barbara

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dartim
Jul 23, 2019

I wish Kingsolver would spring for a voice actor to read her works for audiobook. Once again a superb and sophisticated story has been ruined by the author's reading it in her sing-songy playschool story circle voice.

ArapahoeJane May 30, 2019

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and was sorry to see it end. I'd be up for a sequel to this one. The book chapters alternated between two years, far apart, and a thread connecting the two. The characters were so well developed. This was my first Kingsolver read and I will pursue some of her other books. ~Such fun to find a new author!

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TheresaAJ
Apr 15, 2019

Kingsolver has woven two stories around 6th and Plum Streets in Vineland, New Jersey -- one in 1874 and the other in the current day. The historical story centers on Mary Treat and Thatcher Greenwood who form an unlikely friendship around botany and Charles Darwin in Charles Landis' utopian community. The current day story centers on the Tavares/Knox family whose life in search of professor tenure has ended in an inherited house in Vineland. As the two stories alternate, the author details the economic and ecological challenges of each time period. Although slow to start, the book did keep my attention until the end. The author read the audio version which was hard to hear at times because of her soft voice.

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josiehann
Dec 11, 2018

I loved this book, the author's use of language, and how she can take some many disparate things and weave them into a story of whole cloth.

I'd love to have a robust conversation on Kingsolver's use of offensive language in this book. It was used to illustrate some pretty terrible opinions of a character, and his mental decline. Could the point have been driven home without those specific words? Or were they key to showing how repugnant this individual's biases were?

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maipenrai
Nov 25, 2018

It is lovely to have Barbara Kingsolver back with a new novel. She speaks with a gentle, wise voice and creates great characters. Highly recommended!! Kristi & Abby Tabby

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