Demon Copperhead

Demon Copperhead

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Reviewed by Karen (Retired Bookseller); Demon Copperhead is a brilliant contempary retelling of David Copperfield by Charles Dickens.

This is a must read, set in South Appalachia, United States, a population of long stuffinh communities, plagued by tragadies, poverty and an opioid crisis.  The story is told by Demon, a talented, perceptine child, orphaned at a young age, stuffing from loss, awlful hardship and desperate foster homes.  Despite all the darkness there is a strong sense of place, love, friendship, nature and history.

I really cared about Demon and the strong varied characters who shared his life.  A favourite read for me.

Demon Copperhead: a boy born to a teenaged single mother in a single-wide trailer, with no assets beyond his dead father's good looks and copper-colored hair, a caustic wit, and a fierce talent for survival.

Demon befriends us on this, his journey through the modern perils of foster care, child labor, derelict schools, athletic success, addiction, disastrous loves, and crushing losses. Through all of it, he reckons with his own invisibility in a popular culture where even the superheroes have abandoned rural people in favor of cities.

Inspired by the unflinching truth-telling of David Copperfield, Kingsolver enlists Dickens' anger and compassion, and above all, his faith in the transformative powers of a good story.

Demon Copperhead gives voice to a new generation of lost boys, and all those born into beautiful, cursed places they can't imagine leaving behind.

Barbara Kingsolver (Author)

Contemporary fiction; Being Human