Demon Copperhead - Barbara Kingsolver

Demon Copperhead

By Barbara Kingsolver

  • Release Date: 2022-10-18
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4.5
From 1,832 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.


  • Sad but worthwhile

    By Marzipan24
    This story is difficult to get through because it delves into a life of poverty and all the challenges that come with poverty, drugs, hardship, family failure. But in Kingsolver fashion, it’s also a love story to the people and mountains of Appalachia. I am always left with beautiful natural scenes at the end of her books and this is no exception. You cannot help but love and root for Demon and pray for escape and happiness.
  • Hill country

    By Muckcombs
    Remarkable insight into narcotic effects plus a heartwarming story of love .
  • N.Layton Gademsky

    By Gademsky
    Outstanding novel!! The authors prose is outstanding. Humor, heartbreak and reality all rolled into one. Demon Copperhead is Steinbeck, Faulkner and Salinger. Read it - you will love it.
  • Demon Copperfield

    By Readingbythesea
    Modern day version if Dickins. Always liked the story even with the modern twist.
  • Bitter Sweet

    By shg3847
    Beautifully constructed novel. The characters, dialogue and story line evolved in such a natural and unforced way. Bitter sweet, filled with pain, loss and hope.
  • Amazing

    By kellyruasell
    Excellent reality of todays times in the mountains
  • Wonderful and non stop action

    By Detroitrunnergurl
    Thoroughly captivating in telling this story. Loved her use of local dialect . This book really delved into issue related to poverty and welfare system in a way that was very easy to empathize with
  • Pathetic people

    By Julian JP Norwich
    The author proclaims a love of Appalachian mountain folk, decries how they are treated in media, and then turns everyone in this book of woes into a caricature of the typical ignorant hillbilly.
  • Demon Copperhead

    By mntanner73
  • Well written, heartbreaking story

    By sockmonkey18
    Very well written book. Unfortunately it’s only too real of a story of the oxy problems , brokenness of child services & struggles of rural America