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Unsheltered

Kingsolver, Barbara

  17 Reviews

Willa Knox's family is in crisis: she has lost her job, her father-in-law who lives with them is dying, her son Zeke is suddenly thrust into the role of a single parent and their home is falling down around them. Clutching for straws, Willa investigates the history of their home, hoping that the local historical preservation society will come to their aid. Her research reveals a town from more than a century earlier, populated with kindred spirits, especially botanist Mary Treat and Thatcher Greenwood, a school teacher who controversially embraced Charles Darwin's theories.

Moving between the Vineland, New Jersey of 1871 and 2016, this is a thought-provoking and expertly observed story of two families weathering the storms of social upheaval in a world where all the rules have changed.

Pages
461
Year
2018

Reviews

HAVE 012
13-05-2022
This book was generally enjoyed by everyone, and a lively discussion was had.
WELL 008
13-05-2022
Very mixed reviews, thought it was not her best work and needed a good edit, but provoked some very interesting discussion.
TIMAR 013
13-05-2022
Most would have liked this to be shorter! Some members related well to the present day family, others more to the historical characters. All enjoyed the historical element.
AUCK 060
13-05-2022
A most memorable book from a brilliant author. Thank you for giving us this. So relevant to all.
LOWER 006
13-05-2022
A more varied enjoyment of this one, but overall a good topic with interesting characters and contemporary ideas.
RICH 007
13-05-2022
Two people really liked this book and thought the two stories were cleverly interwoven. Others found it hard work, particularly the story during the 1880s, and slow moving. Some good humour particularly in the contemporary story. Provoked good discussion.
DUNED 100
06-05-2022
This book sparked a lively and wide-ranging discussion among the group. Everyone enjoyed it and found many different elements fascinating.
WELL 016
18-10-2021
Great discussion; differing views on the way the book was written, and the characters. Thanks.
TAUR 015
11-11-2020
A cleverly crafted tale. Interesting and absorbing. Recommended by us all.
HAMIL 029
06-10-2020
We had an excellent and rather wide-ranging discussion based (loosely) on this book. Generally we like Kingsolver's writing - this is not her best book, too preachy really, but still very readable and thought-provoking, with interesting characters in both story-lines.
ASHB 027
01-09-2020
Our group was divided over this title; some loved it and some did not finish. It became more absorbing as you read and the characters became more engaging but some struggled to get that far. We loved the portrayal of the differing roles of women in each time period, and the family dynamics in each household carried the lack of plot to hang the characters on.
WELL 022
19-08-2020
Has contemporary relevance. Generated good diverse discussion. Whilst the group appreciated the quality of her writing, there was irritation with the alternate chapter structure, which disrupted the storytelling, and a general agreement that the message was hammered home.
GISB 006
27-07-2020
We missed discussion of this great book due to Covid.
AUCK 016
27-07-2020
Mixed reactions - different format with two separate stories in alternating chapters.
CHCH 116
22-06-2020
Varied comments. generated very interesting discussion on many aspects - the characters ( in both centuries), the attitudes ( Creation vs Darwinism), capitalism vs environmental sustainability.
MAST 004
22-06-2020
Our meeting was very divided on this one. Well-written, but some found its juxtaposition of lives a little confusing. Others loved it.
PARAPA 001
22-06-2020
There was a mixed reaction to this book. One person didn't finish it, while others thoroughly enjoyed it. It was not an easy read.