Oprah Winfrey’s book club has selected “Demon Copperhead,” a novel written by Barbara Kingsolver that is a contemporary version of “David Copperfield” written by Charles Dickens.
Winfrey described Kingsolver’s novel of 560 pages as “the kind of epic you want to read this fall” in a statement that she issued on the day that “Demon Copperhead” was made available to the public for the first time. The plot of the novel is centred on the life of a boy who was raised in the mountains of southern Appalachia. His mother was a teenager when he was born, and he was raised in foster care and eventually became addicted to drugs.
Kingsolver, who is 67 years old, has spent many years of her life on a farm in southern Appalachia. For many years, she has successfully combined narrative drama and social critique. Her previous works include the novels “The Bean Trees,” “Flight Behavior,” and “The Poisonwood Bible,” the latter of which was chosen by Winfrey in the year 2000. Her achievements have earned her accolades such as the Dayton Literary Peace Prize and the National Humanities Medal.
“If you ask me, getting that call from Oprah is the finest literary reward on the globe,” Kingsolver said in a statement after receiving the phone call from the talk show host. “Not only due to the compelling way in which she connects readers with literature, but also due to the fact that she is herself a reader. When she detailed my book to me over the phone, including her admiration of the craft, the empathy, and how it touched her personally, I was so overcome with emotion that I could hardly keep my composure.
On November 17, Oprah Winfrey will be hosting a conversational get-together with Barbara Kingsolver and Oprah Daily Insiders.