Demon Copperhead: A Novel

Written by:
Barbara Kingsolver
Narrated by:
Charlie Thurston

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
October 2022
21 hours 3 minutes

An Oprah’s Book Club Selection • An Instant New York Times Bestseller • An Instant Wall Street Journal Bestseller • A #1 Washington Post Bestseller 

'Demon is a voice for the ages—akin to Huck Finn or Holden Caulfield—only even more resilient.” —Beth Macy, author of Dopesick

'May be the best novel of 2022. . . . Equal parts hilarious and heartbreaking, this is the story of an irrepressible boy nobody wants, but readers will love.” (Ron Charles, Washington Post)

From the acclaimed author of The Poisonwood Bible and The Bean Trees, a brilliant novel that enthralls, compels, and captures the heart as it evokes a young hero’s unforgettable journey to maturity

Set in the mountains of southern Appalachia, Demon Copperhead is the story of a boy born to a teenaged single mother in a single-wide trailer, with no assets beyond his dead father’s good looks and copper-colored hair, a caustic wit, and a fierce talent for survival. Relayed in his own unsparing voice, Demon braves the modern perils of foster care, child labor, derelict schools, athletic success, addiction, disastrous loves, and crushing losses. Through all of it, he reckons with his own invisibility in a popular culture where even the superheroes have abandoned rural people in favor of cities.

Many generations ago, Charles Dickens wrote David Copperfield from his experience as a survivor of institutional poverty and its damages to children in his society. Those problems have yet to be solved in ours. Dickens is not a prerequisite for readers of this novel, but he provided its inspiration. In transposing a Victorian epic novel to the contemporary American South, Barbara Kingsolver enlists Dickens’ anger and compassion, and above all, his faith in the transformative powers of a good story. Demon Copperhead speaks for a new generation of lost boys, and all those born into beautiful, cursed places they can’t imagine leaving behind.
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Kristin O.

Really ended up liking this book. It took me a while to get into it, but once I did I was hooked.

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Gary C.

A terrific and timely story made even more compelling by the terrific narration.

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Kristen F.

And enjoyable story, a little lengthy at times, and well written. Except for the numerous references to people, movies, and fads that didn’t happen in that time period. Who was your editor?

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Andrea M.

Funny and heartbreaking. I loved it and didn't want the book to end.

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Colleen G.

I think - WOW. Kingsolver does it again.

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Michael G.

Kingsolver is a great storyteller. I can't actually say I enjoyed Demon Copperhead. It is not an easy read but it is very good. It's a heartbreaking indictment of so many broken systems in our country. I love the way she makes the politics real. She shows how the power of big pharma and profit, our pathetic health-care system, the inequalities in everything from public education to child welfare to wealth distribution affects people in very real and heart wrenching ways.

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Ann P.

A great read. Touches on some of what is wrong in our culture and how to help set things right. The characterization of Demon is amazingly clever and interesting and heartwarming. The themes of generational poverty and how disadvantaged people are treated are in need of exposure and this book shines a light on these sad realities. At times a bit long winded, but worth sticking with it. Barbara Kingsolver weaves a wicked, yet hopeful tale. BRAVA!

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Joni T.

Addresses issues including poverty, drug addiction, foster care. The ending gives you hope. Great sense of humor. The narrator was excellent.

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A such an amazing novel and the audiobook was incredible. The reading gave more credibility to the story which I loved

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Emily B.

This book really added a human element to the opioid crisis in rural America. The narrator was also excellent

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Excellent book! Provides real incite into the opioid crisis, the flawed foster care system, and poverty in Appalachia. The natural beauty of Appalachia and generosity of neighbors in also revealed. Beautifully written through the eyes of the charming narrator who has a wonderful heart and wicked sense of humor. I must listen!

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Eve M.

Barbra Kingsolver NEVER ceases to amaze! I have read many of her books, and always am so satified by my experience, I think about her writing for many days even after I have finished reading her book. This book was especially meaningful because I went to undergraduate college in Roanoke VA, just a whistle up the road from where this book was set. Kingsolver's ability to authenitcally create/research peolple and places and weave her stories around contemporary issues is so important, while seeming effortless. (oh shoulf I site Dickens?, Hee hee). The narrator was brilliant! Loved the listen!!!

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Janie W.

Loved it. Very long but that was ok because it held my interest.

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Diana H.

Wow… loved every minute. Great narration. Great story…very captivating, First person narration made it very real. Highly recommend!!! BKS does it again.

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Truly Amazing

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Maybe the best book I ever read. The story of course is extremely moving and parallel to Oliver twist as well as the corner cannot be overstated. It opens up the inner workings of a drug saturated subculture in heartbreaking ways. But the authors command of Southern country vocabulary and language is stunning. And the narrator is truly amazing. Highly recommend...

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I forget sometimes, how difficult life begun in the hole can be, and how casually drug addiction can occur. This story left me emotionally wrung out, but with hope at the end.

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Very long. Got lost at times as to who was who. The narrator was fantastic capturing the idioms and feel of the character

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Linda R.

A boys childhood to a man. Discounting the language I believe everyone should listen to this book. We have a child who looses his mother at 11 and is shuffled from one foster to next. From the beginning he learns he is only there to give everything he has and if he doesn’t do it good enough he will be thrown out. He finally is placed with a dream family but still believes he has to prove himself as the star football player. When he is injured life turns on him. ** This book was difficult but needed for life lesson. As was the book Educated

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Howard R.

Great narrator but I thought the book could have been shorter especially tiresome at times with the endless drug addiction scene.

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Diann D.

Excellent book! Really enjoyed it.

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Anne W.

A stunning treat

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