Demon Copperhead Book Reviews

Barbara Kingsolver

Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver Book Summary


A New York Times "Ten Best Books of 2022" • An Oprah’s Book Club Selection • An Instant New York Times Bestseller • An Instant Wall Street Journal Bestseller • A #1 Washington Post Bestseller 

"Demon is a voice for the ages—akin to Huck Finn or Holden Caulfield—only even more resilient.” —Beth Macy, author of Dopesick

"May be the best novel of 2022. . . . Equal parts hilarious and heartbreaking, this is the story of an irrepressible boy nobody wants, but readers will love.” (Ron Charles, Washington Post)

From the acclaimed author of The Poisonwood Bible and The Bean Trees, a brilliant novel that enthralls, compels, and captures the heart as it evokes a young hero’s unforgettable journey to maturity

Set in the mountains of southern Appalachia, Demon Copperhead is the story of a boy born to a teenaged single mother in a single-wide trailer, with no assets beyond his dead father’s good looks and copper-colored hair, a caustic wit, and a fierce talent for survival. Relayed in his own unsparing voice, Demon braves the modern perils of foster care, child labor, derelict schools, athletic success, addiction, disastrous loves, and crushing losses. Through all of it, he reckons with his own invisibility in a popular culture where even the superheroes have abandoned rural people in favor of cities.

Many generations ago, Charles Dickens wrote David Copperfield from his experience as a survivor of institutional poverty and its damages to children in his society. Those problems have yet to be solved in ours. Dickens is not a prerequisite for readers of this novel, but he provided its inspiration. In transposing a Victorian epic novel to the contemporary American South, Barbara Kingsolver enlists Dickens’ anger and compassion, and above all, his faith in the transformative powers of a good story. Demon Copperhead speaks for a new generation of lost boys, and all those born into beautiful, cursed places they can’t imagine leaving behind.

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Book Name Demon Copperhead
Genre Fiction & Literature
Language English
E-Book Size 2.54 MB

Demon Copperhead (Barbara Kingsolver) Book Reviews 2024

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One of the best books I have ever read. This book is incredible. I grew up in southwest Virginia, very close to Lee County where this book takes place, and have experienced rural Appalachia first hand. This book describes everything that I wish other people knew about growing up in Appalachia. Copperhead also perfectly pinpoints the truth about the opioid epidemic in Appalachia, which is too often overlooked. This is a great read and I will recommend it over and over again.

Fantastic read. Her writing style always takes me away.

Excellent. I love her books. This one is no exception. I read it fast. Couldn’t put it down, in fact. This story needed to be told.

Incredible. Such an incredible author. I loved this book, heart break and all.

Good one. Good one

Gut Wrenching. Sad and so true. Sheds light on what kids in foster care can actually be exposed too and the many obstacles they face. One can make life better, you just have to choose.

Masterful word usage. Simultaneously heartbreaking, uplifting, terrifying, inspiring, devastating, and hilarious, this book ushers us into the deep forest of poverty, foster care, and drug addiction in backwoods America through the eyes of a poorly educated but bright and talented, fearless and resilient orphan, Demon. Kingsolver’s use of language is unparalleled, making us feel every knockout punch he receives, breathing a sigh of relief when he gets back up. BRAVA! What a book.

D. So many characters. Keep a list as they are introduced. I think she is an excellent writer! My favorite.

Incredible… a masterpiece.. This is one of the best books I’ve read in years. It’s a slow start (but always well written and engaging) in terms of plot… but stick with it. You will find yourself completely riveted by this character and this story. I think everyone should read this book, not only for the entertainment value, but to give us all insight into a world that has been so hidden and needs to be better understood. It is a MASTERPIECE.

One of the best reads ever. The writing, the story. So raw and unbelievably real. This one’s gonna stay with me.

Exceptional. 5*. One of my favorite books I have read. Outstanding story. Very well written.

Just wow. Beautiful, painful, poignant and joyful. Loved every delicious page. I want to start it over again just to take the ride.

Survival and Perserverence - Demon Copperhead. “Demon Copperhead” masterfully delves into the realities of neglect, poverty and addiction. Demon is an amazingly likable character and his trials and tribulations are eloquently delivered. You feel as if you are on the road with him. Barbara balances the starkness of these difficult issues with amazing moments of human resiliency. A must read.

Go Demon Go!. So many emotions reading this story! You’ll want to root for Demon every step of the way.

Demon Copperfield. A well written story of a boy , his life and the people who inspire and influence him. It’s a good look into the lure and destructiveness of drugs.

Not worth it…sorry!. Terrible! I pushed through it to actually finish it but, wow not worth the hype and way, way to long! I’m in a reading group and I would not recommend.

Demon Copperhead. Pure genius!

Masterful Pagetuner. Great character development in this story. You easily bond with a few and can’t put down the book anymore. Very captivating and engaging. It’s true page turner. I learned a great deal from reading this book about social injustice and history of our country. Thank you Barbara Kingslover for using your beautiful words to bring attention to such worthy topics. Highly recommend this book.

Different than my past reads. I loved the story telling in this book it was very matter of fact and didn’t sugar coat or hold back at all. As someone who wants to become more of an avid reader this was a great book to get me wanting more. The book really made me think too I loved the main characters way of thinking and found myself disappointed in him and rooting for him all at the same time.

Fierce.. Stunning. Gorgeously raw. I have never read a book twice, Demon Copperhead may test that rule. Impossible not to get sucked in after the first page.

Great Story. This was such an incredible story. I fell in love with Demon. So much heart.

Good, but expected more.. The book starts off incredible. But it wanders too much in the middle and is redundant. Some of the dialogue seems fake. Good, timely story. Heartbreaking at times.

One of her best.  I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Not only did I learn new things, meet, fascinating characters, and thoroughly enjoy myself, but as usual, I also enjoyed Kingsolver’s writing style.

Def deserved the Pulitzer. So, so good.

Double dose. I loved this book so much that upon reading the last word, I immediately wanted to start from the beginning and read it again. The book follows the life of Damon Fields aka Demon Copperhead. His life starts as the only child of a single young mother but no relatives to speak of and then progresses through orphanhood, DSS, finding his paternal familial roots, football stardom, drug addiction and recovery. It is definitely a “wild ride” that will break your heart and then put it back together over and over.

Will stay with me forever.. These folks. Their story. I will keep them with me always.

Demon. Demon had an unbelievably hard life, even though people tried to help him at every turn in the road. No one could help him, however, until he was ready to trust himself

Enjoyed. A well told story. Unfortunately with a lot of truth. You’re always rooting for Demon.

Did Not Disappoint. Barbara Kingsolver knows how to tell a story and this one is right up there. Excellent character development and plot. Really follows the original David Copperfield story but with it’s own creative process. Truly keeps you glued to the book. An absolute must read but does take a minute!

Mesmerizing. I was riveted to this story from the first page. There are so many colorful characters and tragic themes to ponder that I can’t stop thinking about it.

Heartbreaking. Couldn’t put it down, even though it broke my heart over and over. So much sadness, and sadly because it does represent so many wrecked lives. Like always, amazing characters that come to life with Kingsolver’s amazing writing.

Wow. Beautiful, funny, REAL, gritty.

Couldn’t put it down.. Barbara Kingsolver is the only author to grab my attention and curiosity. Having read The Poisonwood Bible in high school, it has been my go-to “re-read” 6 times over. Demon Copperhead turns out to be extremely relatable; both the character himself, and the ever present issue of opioid medications. Must read. And must re-read. 10 out of 10 🩵

Very engaging!. Top notch story telling grounded in reality.

Absolutely outstanding! Movingly realistic.. Absolutely outstanding! Movingly realistic.

Slow but worth it. It took me a long time to get through the book but o enjoyed it. The heartbreak of opioid addiction and poverty are very well presented. The characters were well developed and you were left with hope that all would be well.

OMG!. One of the best novels I’ve ever read! I loved The Poisonwood Bible and this one may be even better!

Important. I loved this novel inspire of being saddened by the reality of how so so many humans were cruelly and intentionally as dictated to the deadly drug all for the financial benefit of one family and their inner circle. Thank you for sharing this story with the world.

Hard read but well worth it. This book is incredible and incredibly hard to read. To think the impact one pharmaceutical company has had on our people is astounding.

Beautiful Coming of Age Novel. Very slow to get into, definitely a coming of age novel. It takes some time. That being said, I really learned so much and understood the characters all along the way. It really became something every beautiful. I feel so grateful for the perspective the author was able to communicate. Definitely worth the read.

Demon Copperhead. I paid $16.99 for the book and Apple only downloaded through page 57. Good for the first 57 pages. Frustrated that I can’t read more after paying for the book.

Beautiful story. Just loved this story. I actually could feel the highs and lows as described by the main character. I couldn’t stop reading. For better or worse I had to know how the story ended.

Demon Copperhead. Demon Copperhead drew me in from the beginning. Kingsolver brought to life timely issues which are difficult to read about, yet she managed to convey hope through her creative storytelling. Highly recommended

What a story!. Consuming.

A great piece of literature. I feel like I’ve been living under a rock not having heard of this book. The writing is superb. The plot keeps you engaged the entire long read.

Fabulous. Heartbreaking, exciting, terrifying but just wonderful. A true rollercoaster of a ride. Barbara Kingsolver has written a true masterpiece.

Fairly decent read. Some parts of the book really drag on so, I skipped around a bit while reading. Other than the drag on parts the story line was touching and a good read overall.

Another heart wrenching tale. Heart wrenching and gripping (if long) story that is tough to read (so sad and at times overly graphic) but even tougher to put down. Not unique enough though (Hillbilly Elegy, Empire of Pain) to merit 5 stars.

She never disappoints. Great book as always. Like with all her books, some parts hard to read. Always worth it.

Where Hope Goes to Die. Full stop, this is a beautifully tragic book. The main characters journey reminds me of a quote from Thomas Levenson, “…not everyone follows a straight course to the person they might become.” His story is like watching the slowest car wreck of a life happen in front of you. Year after year we Demon try to make the most of a patched together family become and glean wisdom from his raw survival. In the end he finds his own flavor of humanity in the overlapping Venn diagram of life experiences. Beyond Demon’s story is Kingsolver’s heart breaking picture of the reality of the foster care system in America. What makes the pain so visceral is Kingsolver’s inscrutable attention to detail of the struggles of foster children, combined with leaving just the right amount of things unsaid. The gritty and pungently lingering aftertaste of a life in the forgotten parts of America sits on you long after you put it down. Kingsolver has created a story of a place and time where all hope seemingly goes to die. That blame for that bleak state is directly and indirectly laid bare at the feet of America collectively. Kingsolver uses character voice to demonstrate the failure of a country to deliver opportunity to every corner of the land. Along with policies that compound the costs of being poor in America. Such as the evaporating food, housing, and income security in America. Along with the deep social inequalities that affect manifests themselves differently in Rural and Urban America. It makes you wonder why anyone espouses the greatness of America’s unbridled capitalism when the truth on the ground is obviously counter proof. This novel is so beyond heavy that I can’t see how Kingsolver made it through writing it herself. Maybe it was a driving goal to show how all of the America’s people love it, but America does not love all of its people. This is a titanic of a read that feels just the right length for the subject at hand and at the same time not long enough.

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The Demon Copperhead book written by Barbara Kingsolver was published on 18 October 2022, Tuesday in the Fiction & Literature category. A total of 5,022 readers of the book gave the book 4.5 points out of 5.

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