American novelist Barbara Kingsolver has won the Women’s Prize for Fiction for the second time in her career and is the first recipient to do so.
Her 2022 release, Demon Copperhead, follows the story of a boy born to a single mother in the Appalachia Mountains. Demon recalls his time through the foster care system, child labor, poorly maintained schools, athletic success, and drug addiction, among other calamities. Inspired by Dickens’ David Copperfield, Kingsolver’s novel speaks to a a modern generation of lost boys and the cursed places they cannot imagine leaving behind.
Demon Copperhead was an Oprah Book Club pick in 2022 and recently won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.
Kingsolver first won the Women’s Prize for Fiction for her 2009 novel The Lacuna. She is the only author to win the prize twice.