Set in the southern Appalachians, "Demon Copperhead" is about Damon Fields, a boy born to a teenaged mother in a single-wide trailer. He has no assets beyond his dead father’s good looks and copper-colored hair, a caustic wit, and a fierce talent for survival. In a plot that never pauses, he braves 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 culture that has abandoned rural people. If the tale sounds familiar, it was inspired in part by "David Copperfield," Charles Dickens' story of survival in the face of institutional poverty. Kingsolver'smodern take speaks for a new generation of lost boys and everyone born into beautiful, troubled places they can’t imagine leaving behind.
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