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AP Language and Composition: Major Works Data Sheet Your Name: Lauren Kvederis Title: The Poisonwood Bible Author: Barbara Kingsolver Date of Publication: 1998 Genre: Historical Fiction Biographical information about the author: Barbara Kingsolver was born April 8, 1955 in Annapolis, Maryland. Kingsolver’s first novel was The Bean Trees published in 1988. Kingsolver’s novel The Posionwood Bible was short-listed for the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award, and was an Oprah’s Book Club selection. In 2000, Former President Bill Clinton awarded Kingsolver the National Humanities Medal. Historical/Social information about period of publication: Jan 26, 1998: Bill Clinton publicly denies Monica Lewinsky Allegations Feb 1998: Bin Laden declares war against the US Feb 7-Feb 22, 1998: XVIII Olympic Winter Games Held in Nagano, Japan May 28, 1998 3:16 p.m: Pakistan tests it’s 1 st atomic bomb to become the world’s 7 th nuclear power July 12, 1998: France defeats Brazil to win the 1998 World Cup Final July 25, 1998: Vladimir Putin was appointed head of the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation Aug 7, 1998: Bombing of American Embassy in Kenya Sep 4, 1998: Google was founded 1998: Human trials began in the US for possible AIDS vaccine 1998: The Holocaust History Project was founded 1998: Interest rates began to fall Characteristics of the genre: Historical Fiction are “imaginative stories with fictional characters and events in a historical setting” (Genre Characteristics). Novels based on people, dates, and events that occurred in history. The time period(s) of the novel and character(s) are lifelike. Major historical event(s) are present in the novel. Historical detail is accurate and fact-based. Plot summary: The Price family from Bethlehem, Georgia, USA is an Evangelical Christian family. The parents and four daughters travel to the Congo in Africa on a mission trip in 1959. The father, Nathan Price, believes he is able to baptize all of the children in the village of Kilanga which will be the Prices’ new home for a year. After many failed attempts to convert the villagers to Christianity, Nathan Price was still not deterred. The family underwent many hardships. There were numerous diseases and bizarre weather patterns. They had to swallow bitter quinine pills and sleep under nets on their cots just to avoid contracting malaria. Orleanna Price as the mother of the family, trying to keep her daughters alive in the dangerous environment of Africa was an extremely difficult and tiring job. When a shift of power in the government of occurs, everything starts to go downhill. Horrendous events are now taking place and Africa is becoming dangerous not only in the jungle but in urban places too. As Nathan Price continues his quest for salvation of the Africans, Orleanna Price understands she must do whatever it takes to bring her daughters to safety. This story shows the strength and will of a mother that will do anything to protect her family in the dangerous shifts of government in the late 1900’s in Africa.

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