SHORTLISTED FOR THE WOMEN’S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2023
A masterpiece in storytelling from the global bestselling author of The Poisonwood Bible.
Demon Copperhead is a once-in-a-generation novel that breaks and mends your heart in the way only the best fiction can.
Demon’s story begins with his traumatic birth to a single mother in a single-wide trailer, looking ‘like a little blue prizefighter.’ For the life ahead of him he would need all of that fighting spirit, along with buckets of charm, a quick wit, and some unexpected talents, legal and otherwise.
In the southern Appalachian Mountains of Virginia, poverty isn’t an idea, it’s as natural as the grass grows. For a generation growing up in this world, at the heart of the modern opioid crisis, addiction isn’t an abstraction, it’s neighbours, parents, and friends. ‘Family’ could mean love, or reluctant foster care. For Demon, born on the wrong side of luck, the affection and safety he craves is as remote as the ocean he dreams of seeing one day. The wonder is in how far he’s willing to travel to try and get there.
Suffused with truth, anger and compassion, Demon Copperhead is an epic tale of love, loss and everything in between.
‘Electrifying. . . Every sentence here sizzles.’ Daily Mail
‘It’s EPIC. Righteously angry, DEEPLY moving and exquisitely written.’ MARIAN KEYES
‘A true highlight of 2022 fiction.’ Independent
‘A fantastic read.’ EMILY MAITLIS
‘Book of the Month’ Women & Home
‘A powerful tale.’ Good Housekeeping
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Publication Date: 18 October 2022
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