Barbara Kingsolver by Linda Wagner-Martin, David King Dunaway

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Just sort of outlandish, unusual places that were underdeveloped or whatever, we went to them. —Barbara Kingsolver, Kentucky Writers as a child depended on her parents, particularly on her mother. In several memoirs, she recalls bringing to Virginia all the sweet-pea blossoms she could pick from a trellis in the yard. The young child notices the “pink red purple dazzle. A finger painting of colors humming against the blue air: I could think of nothing but to bring it to you. I climbed up the wooden trellis and picked the flowers.

And she also had found the Sanctuary movement. CHAPTER FOU R Arizona Lives I began writing stories about the people behind the picket fence with the paint peeling off it. The people who have lunch down at the Talk of the Town Restaurant.... The people who drive too fast on Scrubgrass Road. The people who have never thought themselves worth very much, but whose lives are full of not just quiet desperation, but a lot of joyful moments. —Barbara Kingsolver, Kentucky Writers who worked with the Sanctuary refugees gave Kingsolver the kind of passionate involvement she had missed once she returned to Carlisle from Europe.

As she writes in “Escape,” I have fled my homeland, hopeful as a lizard pulling clean from an old skin.... (31) Kingsolver’s words and acts protested the treatment of immigrants in the United States, and she felt she could not support the existing government’s policies as long as it continued. “The other great language of America is Spanish,” Kingsolver liked to say, as she tried to learn and practice that other Romance language. (Pence interview, 19) Determined to find roads into the culture that enclosed traditional mainstream Arizona, she put herself in places where Spanish would be the only language spoken.

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