"A brilliant idea—short, perceptive books which tell you what you need to know about some of the most vibrant and challenging writing around today—a bit like having a reading group in your pocket."—Ian Rankin
"Well written…The chapters that deal with the text are split into parts that deal with each section of the novel. These are not a critique of the work but more like a pleasant guided tour through territory that you have already visited alone?you know the area but are delighted to have things pointed out to you that you may have missed along the way….The forthcoming list is very impressive and well worth keeping an eye on." —NewBooks.mag
"The series comes as near to squaring various circles - popular / academic, 'good read' / 'classic Lit', novel / film of the book as any I know. And at best it goes a fair way towards reshuffling those categories and redrawing the boundaries. With the first volume, I was relieved. After two or three, I was hooked.
The books are invaluable for gathering out-of-the-way or ephemeral comment from TV and radio interviews and the web as well as from literary reviews.
Refreshingly upfront and up-to-date…
Given the space, there are remarkably balanced film/novel comparisons of the most well-known examples…
An important feature is the fully referenced bibliographies, including reviews and copious website addresses - the latter ranging from fanzines and authors' and publishers' own sites to academic discussion lists and online journals.
In method as in subject matter, these guides move freely on the interface between print culture and multimedia. Highly finished and pleasantly handleable as books in their own right, they gesture accommodatingly to both words and worlds beyond.
Taking the series as a whole, it also confirms two things: that narrative nowadays is generically highly hybrid and increasingly cross-media; and that an understanding of the processes of writing and reading 'contemporary classic' (or at least 'currently famous') fiction cannot be separated - yet must be distinguished - from the processes of making and marketing books and films."
— The Times Higher Education Supplement, May 31, 2002
From the Publisher
This is an excellent guide to Barbara Kingsolvers best-selling novel of 1998. It features a biography of the author, a full-length analysis of the novel, and a great deal more. If youre studying this novel, reading it for your book club, or if you simply want to know more about it, youll find this guide informative and helpful.