The Poisonwood Bible

Barbara Kingsolver


Why The Poisonwood Bible and Point Mugu, Saddle Peak and Nordoff Peak

The Poisonwood Bible was the book that I had selected to pair with Kilimanjaro. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to head back to Africa and do Kili for a second time. Instead, I’m doing some sentimental peaks in Los Angeles. The Poisonwood Bible is such an extraordinary book that I decided to go ahead and keep it as the selection.

More About The Poisonwood Bible

The Poisonwood Bible (1998), by Barbara Kingsolver, is a bestselling novel about a missionary family, the Prices, who in 1959 move from the U.S. state of Georgia to the village of Kilanga in the Belgian Congo, close to the Kwilu River.

The story told by the wife and four daughters of Nathan Price, a fierce, evangelical Baptist who takes his family and mission to the Belgian Congo in 1959. They carry with them everything they believe they will need from home, but soon find that all of it—from garden seeds to Scripture—is calamitously transformed on African soil. What follows is a suspenseful epic of one family’s tragic undoing and remarkable reconstruction over the course of three decades in postcolonial Africa.