THis week’s new ficTion
Barbara Kingsolver Faber £20
Two families live on the same plot of New Jersey land, 150 years apart. Alternating chapters focus on the travails of Reconstruction-era teacher Thatcher Greenwood and Trump-era journalist Willa Knox. The last words of each chapter form the title of the next in a temporal daisy chain, but more concrete links between past and present emerge as the story progresses, with themes ranging from politics to recycling. This is a dazzling novel; an expansive, immersive and uplifting page-turner so bursting with ideas it’s hard to get the covers shut.