HarperTorch, Hardcover, 9780060504076, 267pp.
Publication Date: April 2, 2002
In her new essay collection, the beloved author of High Tide in Tucson brings to us out of one of history's darker moments an extended love song to the world we still have. From its opening parable gleaned from recent news about a lost child saved in an astonishing way, the book moves on to consider a world of surprising and hopeful prospects, ranging from an inventive conservation scheme in a remote jungle to the backyard flock of chickens tended by the author's small daughter.
Whether she is contemplating the Grand Canyon, her vegetable garden, motherhood, adolescence, genetic engineering, TV-watching, the history of civil rights, or the future of a nation founded on the best of all human impulses, these essays are grounded in the author's belief that our largest problems have grown from the earth's remotest corners as well as our own backyards, and that answers may lie in those places, too. In the voice Kingsolver's readers have come to rely on—sometimes grave, occasionally hilarious, and ultimately persuasive—Small Wonder is a hopeful examination of the people we seem to be, and what we might yet make of ourselves.
“Observant, imaginative, and both lucid and impassioned.”
“This book of essays by Barbara Kingsolver is like a visit from a cherished old friend.”
-Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Kingsolver possesses a rare depth of understanding of nature’s complex mechanisms.”
-San Francisco Chronicle Book Review
“A delightful, challenging, and wonderfully informative book.”
-San Francisco Chronicle
“Essays … [of] great skill and wisdom.”