Unsheltered - Barbara Kingsolver


By Barbara Kingsolver

  • Release Date: 2018-10-16
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 4
From 398 Ratings


New York Times bestseller

An NPR pick for Best Books of 2018

An O, The Oprah Magazine's Best Book of 2018

A San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of 2018

One of Christian Science Monitor's best fiction reads of 2018

One of Newsweek's Best Books of the year

The New York Times bestselling author of Flight Behavior, The Lacuna, and The Poisonwood Bible and recipient of numerous literary awards—including the National Humanities Medal, the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, and the Orange Prize—returns with a timely novel that interweaves past and present to explore the human capacity for resiliency and compassion in times of great upheaval.

How could two hardworking 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 debts and an inherited brick house that is falling apart. The magazine where Willa worked has folded; the college where her husband had tenure has closed. Their dubious shelter is also the only option for a disabled father-in-law and an exasperating, free-spirited daughter. When the family’s one success story, an Ivy-educated son, is uprooted by tragedy he seems likely to join them, with dark complications of his own.

In another time, a troubled husband and public servant asks, 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 dismiss his worries that their elegant house is unsound. In a village ostensibly founded as a benevolent Utopia, Thatcher wants only to honor his duties, but his friendships with a woman scientist and a renegade newspaper editor threaten to draw him into a vendetta with the town’s powerful men.

Unsheltered is the compulsively readable story of two families, in two centuries, who live at the corner of Sixth 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.


  • Unsheltered

    By half& half
    First chapter draws you in - occasional clever wit but wonderfully realistic description of human relationships. Of grief, longing. I want to continue with these people, learn how they cope with unavoidable change.
  • Worst Book on Which a I’ve Wasted Time and Money

    By a osterhold
    Pages and pages and pages of boring, pontificating, political diatribe- save yourself some time by watching 5 minutes of CNN to receive the same message! I read for entertainment and to escape into another world away from the exhausting partisan finger-pointing in all forms of media! This book has no real plot- the modern day portions of it consist of dull characters sitting around delivering Kingsolver’s political sermons- literally nothing interesting happens regarding the historical house used as a teaser to draw in a potential reader. I kept reading it only to discover the fate of the house... but as it turns out, its fate was revealed in the first few pages with no further development! Maddening waste of time. Here’s some good old- fashioned capitalism for ya, Kingsolver, I will NEVER spend another dime of my hard-earned money on anything you write! EVER!
  • Unsheltered

    By klimtgold
    Very disappointing. Didn’t care about the characters and the historical narrative underpinning the present day story.
  • Unsheldered

    By Eaterp
    Found the book was very boring and so bias toward doom and gloom
  • Jacaylka

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  • Unsheltered

    By Jack Mckenzie
    While well written, Kingsolver took the opportunity to extoll her very liberal socialistic views on society. Throughout the book she references various topics like the the “Bullhorn” presidential candidate, Occupy Wall Street, Global Warming, the evil 1% and oppressed workers, the application for Medicaid benefits for foolish people who made bad life choices. I wish I could get my $15 back. I liked the flashback story and characters but found the present day characters to be pathetic. Good example of celebrity politics and so called influence.