Demon Copperhead

by Kingsolver, Barbara

Reviews

Review this book!

On Oct 27, 2022, Anonymous said

Demon Copperhead is the ninth novel by award-winning best-selling American author, Barbara Kingsolver. It's in August of his eleventh year that life falls apart for Damon Fields. Despite his inauspicious beginning and life in a double-wide trailer with his single mother, his first ten years are happy ones.

With strong Melungeon features, flame red hair, green eyes and darker skin, inherited from a father who died before he was born, Damon soon acquires the name Copperhead, Demon being the natural warp of his given name. A good student with a talent for drawing, he excels at school and enjoys spending his free time with his best friend, Maggot, grandson of his mother's landlady, Nance Peggot.

The catalyst for change seems to be the arrival into their lives of Murrell Stone, known as Stoner, whom Damon quickly assesses as bad news. That he is a bully, expert in gaslighting, is soon obvious: "Mom took up with a guy that believed in educating with his fists, that bullied and brainwashed her till the day she died."

By the time he arrives in his father's hometown in Tennessee, the now-eleven-year-old has suffered the physical and psychological abuse of his new step-father, lost his pregnant mother, been fostered out into two differently neglectful homes, done hard physical labour, worked an illegal job, missed school to harvest tobacco, been half-starved, and robbed.

From there, the story follows Demon's rollercoaster fortunes in life: patronage from his paternal grandmother, a football coach and an art teacher; recognition of his talents and abilities; injury and drug addiction; the deterioration and loss of people close to him. He proves to be resilient, and eventually learns that not all the people he chooses end up being true friends.

With her reinvented David Copperfield set in modern-day Appalachia, Kingsolver illustrates the potent impact on young lives of the poor choices that people themselves make, or are made by those charged with their care, often when there is, realistically, no choice at all.

When those people in his life who have good intentions but no means are unable to step up, her protagonist ends up at the mercy of people rorting the welfare system for their own gain or merely their survival, under the supposed care of poorly-paid and under-resourced people stuck in a poorly funded and disorganised system. All of this will feel wholly realistic to those with experience of said system.

Shown, too, is the Appalachian(?) mindset perpetuated by some teachers at less well-off schools that their students lack the intelligence to compete academically with richer schools. This can result is students believing, often to their detriment, injury-wise, that sport or unskilled labour is their only option. Credibly presented is the casually indiscriminate use of prescribed narcotics in teens with its ensuing downward spiral into addiction, and also the power of the intelligent cartoon.

Damon's feels like an authentic voice which gives the story added credibility. Kingsolver gives her young protagonist insight: "A mean side to people comes out at such times, where their only concern is what did the misfortunate person do to put themselves in their sorry fix. They're building a wall to keep out the bad luck."

And makes him perceptive: "A dead parent is a tricky kind of ghost. If you can make it into more like a doll, putting it in the real house and clothes and such that they had, it helps you to picture them as a person instead of just a person-shaped hole in the air. Which helps you feel less like a person-shaped invisible kid."

And, of course, the reader can rely on Kingsolver for gorgeous descriptive prose: "I found a good rock and watched the sun melt into the Cumberlands. Layers of orange like a buttermilk pie cooling on the horizon. Clouds scooting past, throwing spots of light and dark over the mountainheads. The light looked drinkable. It poured on a mountain so I saw the curve of every treetop edged in gold, like the scales of a fish. Then poured off, easing them back into shadow."

Many of Dickens' characters are easily identifiable by their slightly altered names and roles; several are sterling characters, although the one with that name is the polar opposite. Those familiar with it will find elements of the story somewhat reminiscent of AB Facey's memoir A Fortunate Life. Included is a bonus essay revealing Kingsolver's inspiration for this tale. Moving and thought-provoking: a wonderful read. This unbiased review is from an uncorrected proof copy provided by NetGalley and Faber & Faber.

Available Copies

Demon Copperhead (First Edition with sprayed edges and extra essay)
More Photos

Demon Copperhead (First Edition with sprayed edges and extra essay)

by Kingsolver, Barbara

Condition
New
Jacket Condition
New
Edition
1st Edition 1st Printing
Published
2022
Binding
Hardcover
Quantity Available
1
Seller
St Albans, Hertfordshire, GBR
Seller rating:
This seller has earned a 5 of 5 Stars rating from Biblio customers.
Item Price
A$234.92

Show Details

Description:
London: Faber & Faber, 2022. 1st Edition 1st Printing. Hardcover. New/New. 1st Printing. Special edition with head and tail bands, ribbon bookmark, spayed edges matching cover design. Unread new copy.
Item Price
A$234.92
No image available

Demon Copperhead: A Pulitzer Prize Winner

by Kingsolver, Barbara

Condition
New
Published
2022
Binding
Hardcover
ISBN
9780063251922
Quantity Available
1
Seller
Leland, North Carolina, USA
Seller rating:
This seller has earned a 5 of 5 Stars rating from Biblio customers.
Item Price
A$29.97

Show Details

Description:
Harper, 2022 Hardcover. New.
Item Price
A$29.97
No image available

Demon Copperhead

by Barbara Kingsolver

Condition
New
Binding
Hardback
ISBN
9780063251922
Quantity Available
1
Seller
Southport, Merseyside, GBR
Seller rating:
This seller has earned a 5 of 5 Stars rating from Biblio customers.
Item Price
A$51.70

Show Details

Description:
Hardback. New.
Item Price
A$51.70
No image available

Demon Copperhead

by Kingsolver, Barbara

Condition
Used - Near Fine
Jacket Condition
Fine
Edition
First Edition/First Printing
Published
2022
Binding
Hardcover
ISBN
9780063251922
Quantity Available
1
Seller
Lewisville, Texas, USA
Seller rating:
This seller has earned a 4 of 5 Stars rating from Biblio customers.
Item Price
A$269.70

Show Details

Description:
Harper, 2022. Book. Near Fine. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. A solid tight clean carefully read copy. This copy has a neat small ownership stamp to the half-title else fine. 2023 Pulitzer winner for fiction. Nice copy THIS COPY IS IN MY POSSESSION AND NORMALLY SHIPS NEXT DAY. The picture shown with my listing is not my… Read more about this item
Item Price
A$269.70
No image available

Demon Copperhead

by Kingsolver, Barbara

Condition
Used - Fine
Jacket Condition
Fine
Edition
First Edition/First Printing
Published
2022
Binding
Hardcover
ISBN
9780063251922
Quantity Available
1
Seller
Lewisville, Texas, USA
Seller rating:
This seller has earned a 4 of 5 Stars rating from Biblio customers.
Item Price
A$397.41

Show Details

Description:
Harper, 2022. Book. Fine. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. A square solid tight clean very carefully read copy if it was read at all. Winner of the 2023 Pulitzer winner for fiction. Nice copy Winner of the 2023 Pulitzer for fiction, The 2023 Women's Prize for fiction and The John Tate Black Award for literary fiction.… Read more about this item
Item Price
A$397.41
Demon Copperhead (First Edition with sprayed edges and author letter)
More Photos

Demon Copperhead (First Edition with sprayed edges and author letter)

by Kingsolver, Barbara

Condition
As New
Jacket Condition
As New
Edition
1st Edition 1st Printing
Published
2022
Binding
Hardcover
Quantity Available
1
Seller
St Albans, Hertfordshire, GBR
Seller rating:
This seller has earned a 5 of 5 Stars rating from Biblio customers.
Item Price
A$978.85

Show Details

Description:
London: Faber & Faber, 2022. 1st Edition 1st Printing. Hardcover. As New/As New. 1st Printing. Special edition with head and tail bands, ribbon bookmark, spayed edges matching cover design. Unread new copy.
Item Price
A$978.85
No image available

Demon Copperhead: A Novel

by Kingsolver, Barbara

Condition
New
ISBN
9780063251922
Quantity Available
1
Seller
Brooklyn, New York, USA
Seller rating:
This seller has earned a 1 of 5 Stars rating from Biblio customers.
Item Price
A$33.04

Show Details

Description:
Harper. New. New NEW
Item Price
A$33.04
Demon Copperhead
More Photos

Demon Copperhead

by Barbara Kingsolver

Condition
Used - Fine
Jacket Condition
Fine
Edition
1st edition/first printing
Published
2022
Binding
First edition/first printing
Quantity Available
1
Seller
Murrieta , California, USA
Seller rating:
This seller has earned a 5 of 5 Stars rating from Biblio customers.
Item Price
A$225.38

Show Details

Description:
I have available Barbara Kingsolver's 2022 Pulitzer Prize winning novel, Demon Copperhead. This book was published in 2022 by Harper and the copyright page bears the words "first edition " along with the full numberline descending from 10-1. This is the scarce Barnes and Noble variant of this book with an essay from Barbara Kingsolver. Both the book and jacket… Read more about this item
Item Price
A$225.38
Demon Copperhead.
More Photos

Demon Copperhead.

by KINGSOLVER, Barbara.

Condition
Used - Near Fine
Jacket Condition
Fine
Edition
First edition / First printing.
Published
2022
Binding
Cream paper-covered boards.
ISBN
9780063251922
Quantity Available
1
Seller
Edmonds, Washington, USA
Seller rating:
This seller has earned a 5 of 5 Stars rating from Biblio customers.
Item Price
A$225.38

Show Details

Description:
New York: Harper, 2022 First edition / First printing. Cream paper-covered boards. About fine in a fine dust jacket. Winner of the 2023 Pulitzer for Literature. Winner of the 2023 Womens Prize for Fiction. Number 61 on The New York Times list of the 100 best Books of the 21st Century. The Lacuna was the Winner of the 2010 Orange… Read more about this item
Item Price
A$225.38
Demon Copperhead: A Novel
More Photos

Demon Copperhead: A Novel

by Kingsolver, Barbara

Condition
Used - Near Fine
Jacket Condition
Fine
Edition
First Edition Later Printing 5th or later Printing
Published
2022
Binding
Hardcover
ISBN
9780063251922
Quantity Available
1
Seller
La Mesa, California, USA
Seller rating:
This seller has earned a 5 of 5 Stars rating from Biblio customers.
Item Price
A$36.06

Show Details

Description:
New York, New York: Harper/Harper Collins, 2022. First Edition Later Printing 5th or later Printing. Hardcover. Near Fine/Fine. The author's 10th novel, a powerful retelling of Dickens' tale, set in present-day Appalachia & featuring a 21st-century band of "lost boys." In 546 pages + Acknowledgments that speak to contemporary child poverty & the opioid crisis. A FIRST EDITION,… Read more about this item
Item Price
A$36.06
Demon Copperhead (B&N Exclusive Edition)
More Photos

Demon Copperhead (B&N Exclusive Edition)

by Barbara Kingsolver

Condition
Used - Near Fine
Jacket Condition
Near Fine
Edition
First
Published
2022
ISBN
9780063282568
Quantity Available
1
Seller
Carrollton, Texas, USA
Seller rating:
This seller has earned a 5 of 5 Stars rating from Biblio customers.
Item Price
A$150.23

Show Details

Description:
White boards with metallic-red writing on spine; publisher's logo embossed on front board. Top and bottom of book spine rumpled; front dust jacket has "Oprah's Book Club 2022" in blue circle. Top and bottom of dust jacket spine show shelf wear; cover price of $32.50 and 1022 on front dust jacket fold. Tight binding and pages still look in excellent… Read more about this item
Item Price
A$150.23
Demon Copperhead
More Photos

Demon Copperhead

by Kingsolver, Barbara

Condition
New
Jacket Condition
New
Edition
1st Edition
Published
2022
Binding
Hardcover_boards
ISBN
9780063251922
Quantity Available
1
Seller
Argillite, Kentucky, USA
Seller rating:
This seller has earned a 5 of 5 Stars rating from Biblio customers.
Item Price
A$48.83

Show Details

Description:
NY: Harper, 2022. 1st Edition. Hardcover_boards. New/New. 14TH PRINTING W/DJ IN MYLAR. Physical Info: 1.7" H x 8.9" L x 6.4" W (1.94 lbs) 560 pages. Features: Price on Product. Secure ship w/track #. The teenage son of an Appalachian single mother who dies when he is eleven uses his good looks, wit, and instincts to survive foster… Read more about this item
Item Price
A$48.83
No image available

Demon Copperhead

by Kingsolver, Barbara

Condition
New
ISBN
9780063251922
Quantity Available
1
Seller
Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
Seller rating:
This seller has earned a 3 of 5 Stars rating from Biblio customers.
Item Price
A$48.83

Show Details

Description:
New. New book.
Item Price
A$48.83
No image available

Demon Copperhead

by Kingsolver, Barbara

Condition
New
Jacket Condition
New
Published
2022
Binding
Hardcover
ISBN
9780063251922
Quantity Available
1
Seller
Seattle, Washington, USA
Seller rating:
This seller has earned a 5 of 5 Stars rating from Biblio customers.
Item Price
A$48.83

Show Details

Description:
Harper, 2022. Hardcover. New/New. New!
Item Price
A$48.83
No image available

Demon Copperhead

by Kingsolver, Barbara

Condition
NEW
Published
2022
Binding
HARDCOVER
ISBN
9780063251922
Quantity Available
1
Seller
Sylva, North Carolina, USA
Seller rating:
This seller has earned a 4 of 5 Stars rating from Biblio customers.
Item Price
A$48.83

Show Details

Description:
Harper. HARDCOVER. 2022. 9780063251922 :Subject:Fiction | Coming of Age . NEW.
Item Price
A$48.83
No image available

Demon Copperhead: Shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2023

by Barbara Kingsolver

Condition
New
Binding
Paperback / softback
ISBN
9780571376483
Quantity Available
1
Seller
Southport, Merseyside, GBR
Seller rating:
This seller has earned a 5 of 5 Stars rating from Biblio customers.
Item Price
A$21.18

Show Details

Description:
Paperback / softback. New. To immerse yourself in a Kingsolver novel is to put yourself in the hands of a master.' ***** 'A must read and heart-opening book.' ***** 'This book is not to be missed.' ***** 'Amazingly complex.
Item Price
A$21.18
Demon Copperhead

Demon Copperhead

by Kingsolver, Barbara

Condition
New
ISBN
9788419552631
Quantity Available
1
Seller
Malaga, Málaga, ESP
Seller rating:
This seller has earned a 5 of 5 Stars rating from Biblio customers.
Item Price
A$42.71

Show Details

Description:
New.
Item Price
A$42.71
No image available

Demon Copperhead: A Novel

by Barbara Kingsolver

Condition
New
Published
October 2022
Binding
Hardcover
ISBN
9780063251922
Quantity Available
1
Seller
Franklin, North Carolina, USA
Seller rating:
This seller has earned a 3 of 5 Stars rating from Biblio customers.
Item Price
A$48.83

Show Details

Description:
Harper, October 2022. Hardcover. New.
Item Price
A$48.83
Demon Copperhead

Demon Copperhead

by Kingsolver, Barbara

Condition
Used - Very Good in Very Good dust jacket;
Edition
First Edition; Later Printing
Published
2022
Binding
Hardcover
ISBN
9780063251922
Quantity Available
1
Seller
Odessa, Texas, USA
Seller rating:
This seller has earned a 5 of 5 Stars rating from Biblio customers.
Item Price
A$31.18

Show Details

Description:
New York, NY: Harper Collins Publishers. Very Good in Very Good dust jacket;. 2022. First Edition; Later Printing. Hardcover. Small 4to 9" - 11" tall; 548 pages; Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Oprah's Book Club 2022. Stated First Edition. Mylar Cover on dust jacket. Dust Jacket shows minor wear of usage. Book Tight. Text is clean no markings seen. .
Item Price
A$31.18
Demon Copperhead
More Photos

Demon Copperhead

by Kingsolver, Barbara

Condition
Used - Fine
Jacket Condition
Fine
Edition
1st Edition 1st Printing
Published
2022
Binding
Hardcover
ISBN
9780063251922
Quantity Available
1
Seller
Morganton, Georgia, USA
Seller rating:
This seller has earned a 5 of 5 Stars rating from Biblio customers.
Item Price
A$262.94

Show Details

Description:
Harper, 2022. 1st Edition 1st Printing. Hardcover. Fine/Fine. 1st printing. A tight, square, unmarked copy with very little wear in a very fine dust jacket.
Item Price
A$262.94