'First I got myself born. Like a little blue prizefighter.'
This is the tale of Demon Copperhead: our hero. A boy with no assets beyond his dead father's good looks and copper-coloured hair, bucket-loads of charm and a talent or two the world is yet to discover.
Born to a teenaged single mother in a single wide trailer, life is not set fair for Demon as he escorts us on this, his journey through the modern perils of foster care, athletic success and addiction, the dizzying highs of true love, and the crushing losses that can accompany it. But Demon is a fighter, a survivor. Inspired by the unflinching truth-telling of David Copperfield, Kingsolver enlists Dickens' anger, compassion and humour, and above all, his faith in the transformative powers of a good story told through an unforgettable cast of characters.
Demon is the voice of a new generation of lost boys, and all those born into beautiful, cursed places they can't imagine leaving behind. It will break and mend your heart in the way only the best fiction can.
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Faber & Faber
Modern Fiction and Literary Fiction