The Australian Women's Weekly - - Summer Reading - by Bar­bara King­solver, Faber Fic­tion

In­spired – or en­raged – by Trump’s pres­i­den­tial cam­paign, Bar­bara King­solver shows his­tory re­peat­ing through the metaphor of a crum­bling house. Willa is an out-of-work jour­nal­ist who with her hus­band, two adult chil­dren and her racist fa­therin-law, moves into a house she has in­her­ited with a his­tory.

The for­mer res­i­dent was hounded for sup­port­ing the “dan­ger­ous” the­o­ries of Dar­win. The story flips be­tween 1871 and 2016, as both eras strug­gle with change and what it means for hu­man­ity.

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