‘Animal Dreams’–Barbara Kingsolver

I picked this one up a few months back, in part because I liked the cover. It sounded really intense from the blurb, so I left it for a little while before I felt in a robust enough mood to tackle something a little dark –

As far back as she can remember, Codi Noline had felt an outsider in her hometown of Grace, Arizona. Her dispassionate father – ‘an obelisk of disapproval’ – had always kept Codi and her sister Hallie apart from most of the townspeople. But now Hallie is abroad and Codi, troubled and lost, is returning after a fifteen-year absence to confront her past and face her ailing father.

What Codi finds is a town threatened by a silent catastrophe, some startling clues to her own identity, and a man whose view of the world could change the course of her life. And what she learns about herself though experiences, dreams and conversations becomes an invaluable tool to unravelling the discontent – and the ‘something’ that has haunted her since childhood.

Intense, right?

I really enjoyed reading this and spent a rainy Sunday curled up in bed reading. It’s a beautiful and haunting story that unfolds in unexpected directions. Some of the threads of the story really stayed with me and I find myself mulling them over weeks after I finished. Enjoyable and poignant!

Animal Dreams by Barbara Kingsolver, 1992.