I finally got around to reading Barbara Kingsolver’s The Poisonwood Bible, and I could kick myself for not reading it sooner.

The story surrounds the Price family who uproots their entire life to be Baptist missionaries in the Belgian Congo in the 1960’s.  Each chapter is written in the voice of one of the four Price daughters and their mother.  Ms. Kingsolver masterfully characterizes each voice regardless of their age.  You see Africa through their eyes, you feel their less than perfect family situation, and you experience each one’s crisis of faith.

The book is lyrical and poetic at times without ever being heavy-handed.  It’s not one of “those” literary fiction works where the author goes uses 15 pages to describe a bush or tries to use every arcane word in their Thesaurus.   There is no wasted word in this book.

If you are looking for a good book for your reading resolution in 2016.  Put this one high on your list.