Demon Copperhead - Barbara Kingsolver

Demon Copperhead

By Barbara Kingsolver

  • Release Date: 2022-10-18
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4.5
From 1,150 Ratings



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.


  • Demon Copperfield

    By jejejwkejrbvyvehw
    So loved this tragic story that left me with a glimmer of hope for resiliency for all of us …
  • Idk

    By notahamburger
    Didn’t read the book just wanna be mean
  • Well Written

    By columbia 66
    Good story. Sad but accurate description of foster care . Definitely worth reading.
  • This is the one!

    By gypsyflutterby
    This book is incredible and a must read for anyone looking to expand your understanding of American history and human nature. It’s one of the best books I’ve read in a long time.
  • An excellent story.

    By fyllo87
    Kingsolver doesn’t any punches in this novel set in Appalachia. The loss of coal mining jobs, the oxy epidemic in the region, foster care seen through the eyes of Damon (called Demon) I couldn’t stop reading it. In my opinion, this book is Kingsolver best work since ‘ThePoisonwood Bible’.
  • Great book but L O N G!

    By molrud
    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The character development, story, and writing were all superb. However it fit very long and redundant. If it was 300 pages shorter would give it 5 stars.
  • Demon Copperhead

    By Artymusician
    Could not finish this book when it became too oppressive. I read Shuggie Bain last year (5/5) despite the extreme sadness, but this narrative became repetitive. Childhood poverty and the failures of society to deal with it are on full display in Demon, but I just could not finish it.
  • Calling all Kingsolver fans!

    By nevet trumpet
    WOW—how does one write like this?! An epic story, up there with Poisonwood Bible.
  • 100% Kingsolver. At her very best.

    By SleepnSeattle
    Just read it. You won’t regret it.
  • Kingsolver at her best

    By Gladeola
    An amazing tapestry of captivating fiction and fact from modern day backwoods VA. I laughed out loud, cried, wanted to move to Lee County and hoped my daughters would never come close to such a place. This is a wonderfully sobering follow up to Beth Macy’s Dopesick. A book to be appreciated on so many levels…