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Homeland and Other Stories | 1989

With the same wit and sensitivity that have come to characterize her highly praised and beloved novels Animal Dreams and The Bean Trees, Barbara Kingsolver gives us a rich and emotionally resonant collection of twelve stories. Spreading her memorable characters over landscapes ranging from northern-California to the hills of eastern Kentucky and the Caribbean island of St. Lucia, Kingsolver tells stories of hope, momentary joy, and powerful endurance. In every setting, Kingsolver's distinctive voice -- at times comic, but often heartrending -- rings true as she explores the twin themes of family ties and the life choices one must ultimately make alone. Homeland and Other Stories creates a world of love and possibility that readers will want to take as their own.

Critics' Praise

“Extraordinarily fine. Kingsolver has a Chekhovian tenderness toward her characters. … The title story is pure poetry.”
— RUSSELL BANKS, NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW

"A dazzling array of short stories . . . Kingsolver's knowledge of human nature, and especially domestic relationships, is breathtaking." 
— PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

“Read Homeland and Other Stories and you will feel glad to be alive. You are delighted by a gifted storyteller. You are strengthened and healed by the toughness and tenderness she discerns in humanity’s daily rounds.”
— NEWSDAY

“Kingsolver is an extraordinary storyteller.”
— CHICAGO TRIBUNE

“Kingsolver’s humanity sounds the clearest note … telling us about characters in the middle of their days, who live as we really do, from one small incident of awareness to the next.”
— LOS ANGELES TIMES

“Kingsolver understands in an uncanny way the significance of the ordinary, the fleeting moment that may become lost or become catharsis. She writes with refreshing clarity, humor and honesty.”
— DETROIT FREE PRESS

“Kingsolver’s voice has remarkable range. … Her stories are sharply defined and deftly constructed.”
— KIRKUS REVIEWS

“Every [story] supports Kingsolver’s newly won reputation. … Her perceptions are touching, her phrases felicitous, her characters memorable.”
— NEW YORK WOMAN

“Kingsolver’s voice is sure and her narrative skill accomplished. Highly recommended.”
— LIBRARY JOURNAL

“These twelve beautifully imagined stories are funny, flip, sagacious … [and] carry all the pain and surprise of real life.”
— 7 DAYS