Barbara Kingsolver: The Literature of Efficiency

“Right now, other frightening imperatives have distracted us so far from the program of benevolence toward our planet that it seems we might just try to burn the whole world for fuel to keep ourselves guarded and cozy. But that is not the expressed will of our people. Most of us do understand, when we can calm down and think clearly, that whether we are at peace or at war, the lives that hang in the balance are not just ours but the millions more that create the support system and biological context for humanity. More and more of us are listening for the silent alarm, stopping in our tracks, wishing to salvage the parts of this earth we haven’t yet wrecked. “

-Barbara Kingsolver, Small Wonder: Essays (2003)

Barbara Kingsolver (born April 8, 1955) is an American novelist, essayist and poet. She writes on biodiversity and the relations between people, their settlements and their ecosystems. Each of her books published since 1993 has been on the New York Times Best Seller list. Her books emphasize the relationship between individuality and the responsibilities of life in a community and the conflicts between people and their environmental surroundings.  

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