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Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver

Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver

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Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver is a 464-page hardcover published in 2018 by Harpercollins Publishers and is a stated first edition.  Despite being an ex-library book as evidence by the stamp on the back endsheet, the condition of both dust jacket and book is very good. 

Book Summary

How could two hard-working people do everything right in life, a woman asks, and end up destitute? Willa Knox and her husband followed all the rules as responsible parents and professionals, and have nothing to show for it but an inherited brick house that is falling apart. The magazine where Willa worked has folded; the college were husband had tenure has closed. Their dubious shelter is also the only option for a disabled father-in-law and exasperating, free-spirited daughter. When the family's one success story, an Ivy-educated son, is uprooted by tragedy, he seemed likely to join them, with dark complications of his own.

In another time, a troubled husband and public servant asked how can a man tell the truth, and be reviled for it? A science teacher with a passion for honest investigation, Thatcher Greenwood finds himself under siege: his employer forbids him to speak of the exciting work just published by Charles Darwin. His young bride and social climbing mother-in-law bristle at the risk of scandal, and dismisses worries that their elegant house is unsound. 

Unsheltered is the compulsively readable story of two families in two centuries who live at the corner of 6th and Plum in Vineland New Jersey, navigating what seems to be the end of the world as they know it. With history as their tantalizing canvas, these characters paint a startlingly relevant portrait of life in precarious times, when the foundations of the past have failed to prepare us for the future.

ISBN:  978-0-06-268456-1

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