Demon Copperhead - Barbara Kingsolver

Demon Copperhead

By Barbara Kingsolver

  • Release Date: 2022-10-18
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4.5
From 4,062 Ratings



A New York Times "Ten Best Books of 2022" • 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.


  • Good one

    By Lhighbaugh
    Good one
  • Go Demon Go!

    By NJSmith123
    So many emotions reading this story! You’ll want to root for Demon every step of the way.
  • Enjoyed

    By tejmiranda
    A well told story. Unfortunately with a lot of truth. You’re always rooting for Demon.
  • Demon Copperhead

    By pollyjose
    Demon Copperhead drew me in from the beginning. Kingsolver brought to life timely issues which are difficult to read about, yet she managed to convey hope through her creative storytelling. Highly recommended
  • One of the best books I have ever read

    By leahreading
    This book is incredible. I grew up in southwest Virginia, very close to Lee County where this book takes place, and have experienced rural Appalachia first hand. This book describes everything that I wish other people knew about growing up in Appalachia. Copperhead also perfectly pinpoints the truth about the opioid epidemic in Appalachia, which is too often overlooked. This is a great read and I will recommend it over and over again.
  • Great Story

    By fiercely devoted
    This was such an incredible story. I fell in love with Demon. So much heart.
  • OMG!

    By patfromsunset
    One of the best novels I’ve ever read! I loved The Poisonwood Bible and this one may be even better!
  • One of the best reads ever

    By Jewel....
    The writing, the story. So raw and unbelievably real. This one’s gonna stay with me.
  • Masterful word usage

    By Love twisted things
    Simultaneously heartbreaking, uplifting, terrifying, inspiring, devastating, and hilarious, this book ushers us into the deep forest of poverty, foster care, and drug addiction in backwoods America through the eyes of a poorly educated but bright and talented, fearless and resilient orphan, Demon. Kingsolver’s use of language is unparalleled, making us feel every knockout punch he receives, breathing a sigh of relief when he gets back up. BRAVA! What a book.
  • Slow but worth it

    By Principal L
    It took me a long time to get through the book but o enjoyed it. The heartbreak of opioid addiction and poverty are very well presented. The characters were well developed and you were left with hope that all would be well.