Demon Copperhead

Demon Copperhead

Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 04/05/2023
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Demon Copperhead
A deserving winner
I certainly went through an emotional ringer reading this novel. Although it pales in comparison to what Demon has to endure. From the moment of his birth ... READ MORE
Sarah in Wolverhampton
Demon Copperhead
A deft reworking of a classic for the modern day
A deft reworking of a classic for the modern day and a worthy winner of the Women's prize for fiction. Demon has every soul crushing disadvantage in life b... READ MORE
Demon Copperhead
Worth every prize it has won
I really was not sure how to review this book,its a very sad story about Damon(Demon)who was 'First,I got myself born' to a father who had died and a mothe... READ MORE
Neil Challis @Windsor
Demon Copperhead
A very worthy winner of both Prizes
Broke my heart in so many places, I laughed in so many places, this is a book I will never forget. The lot of children in foster care is devastating.
Kurde @Horsham


'First I got myself born.' And so begins the tale of Demon Copperhead: 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, bucket-loads of charm and a talent or two the world is yet to discover. We befriend Demon on this, his journey through the modern perils of foster care, child labor, derelict schools, athletic success, addiction, the dizzying highs of true love, and the crushing losses that can accompany it. It's impossible not to fall hard for this hero who has just made your acquaintance, as you hurtle through these pages wishing you could reach into the pages save him from hardships or steer him to the rays of light that shine through even his darkest days. Inspired by the unflinching truth-telling of David Copperfield, Kingsolver enlists Dickens' anger and compassion, and above all, his faith in the transformative powers of a good story. Demon is the voice of new generation of lost boys, and all those born into beautiful, cursed places they can't imagine leaving behind. This young man is about to steal all our hearts.

  • Publisher: Faber & Faber
  • ISBN: 9780571376483
  • Number of pages: 560
  • Weight: 458g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 33 mm

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Demon Copperhead
A Work of Genius
With its many accolades I am not sure how needed one tiny bookseller's voice is in the conversation but if you are reading this please take it as a sign to... READ MORE
Poppy Flaxman
Demon Copperhead
A question of taste
If you relish the idea of reading 500-plus pages of poverty, squalor, child exploitation, alcoholism, American football, crime, decay and death, all writte... READ MORE
Peter James
Demon Copperhead
Heartbreaking & Harrowing, But Ultimately Triumphant.
A modern retelling of "David Copperfield" (and in fact, I often found myself calling it Demon Copperfield instead of its correct title), set amid the Opioi... READ MORE
Maureen Stapleton
Demon Copperhead
Demon Copperhead
This book grips you and won't let you go. The life of Demon is compelling. I am drawn to books that take you into a world I know nothing about and rural ... READ MORE
Wendy Dalton
Demon Copperhead
Absolutely Astounding
I urge everyone to get a copy and absorb every word. This is a spectacular book from an author i had never heard of. It is truly an outstanding piece of wr... READ MORE
Rachel Barrett
Demon Copperhead
Demon Copperfield, by Babara Kingsolver
Babara Kingsolver's latest novel, Demon Copperhead is a timely and truly remarkable book. It is totally unlike her other novels in terms of content, with ... READ MORE
Clare E Gilbert
Demon Copperhead
Deserved all the awards!
Amazingly brilliant. Kept you wanting more, couldn’t put it down! Loved the story, enjoyed all the references to the Dickens novel. Would recommend to read... READ MORE
Nia ST
Demon Copperhead
Kingsolver does it again…
I do love Barbara Kingsolver’s writing, but I think of all the characters she has written about in various books, Demon is the one that I keep thinking abo... READ MORE
Charini Samaraweera