Advent Calendar – December 23rd

A multi-narrative tale hides behind today’s window on the Literary Advent Calendar. Today’s book treat is chosen by Christine Breen, author of Her Name is Rose.


Christine has chosen The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver.

Christine says: ‘Michiko Kakutani of the New York Times said it best when she reviewed The Poisonwood  Bible: “Kingsolver’s powerful new book is actually an old-fashioned nineteenth-century novel, a Hawthornian tale…”. Barbara Kingsolver has crafted the perfect novel complete with five narrative voices, four daughters and their mother, telling the story of this American missionary family in the Congo in 1959.  The structure is intricate. The voices delicate yet funny. The backdrop of the Congo’s fight for independence is ferocious and tragic. I’m looking forward to re-reading it.’

Writer Christine Breen at Old Ground Hotel, Ennis.

Writer Christine Breen. Photograph by John Kelly.


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