Arts and Entertainment

STL Book Club - Demon Copperhead

October 10 2023

6:30 p.m.
115 West 25th Street, Norfolk, VA events@skysthelimityogaco.com Price: $5

Sky’s the Limit Book Club is covering Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver for their October 10 meetup. Bring whatever snacks or beverages make you smile, maybe join in on the mat before the meetup, and get ready for a fun chat about Demon Copperhead. Book info: From the acclaimed author of The Poisonwood Bible and The Bean Trees, a brilliant novel that enthralls, compels and captures the heart as it evokes a young hero’s unforgettable journey to maturity. Set in the mountains of southern Appalachia, Demon Copperhead is the story of 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. Relayed in his own unsparing voice, Demon braves 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.

Many generations ago, Charles Dickens wrote David Copperfield from his experience as a survivor of institutional poverty and its damages to children in his society. Those problems have yet to be solved in ours. Dickens is not a prerequisite for listeners of this novel, but he provided its inspiration. In transposing a Victorian epic novel to the contemporary American South, Barbara Kingsolver enlists Dickens’ anger and compassion and, above all, his faith in the transformative powers of a good story. Demon Copperhead speaks for a new generation of lost boys and all those born into beautiful, cursed places they can’t imagine leaving behind.

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