Animal Dreams by Barbara Kingsolver is a novel set in
. Codi and Hallie are the daughters of eccentric Doc Homer who watches them with great concern. They are sweet and gentle girls. Doc Homer insists they wear orthopedic shoes to their dismay. Grace, Arizona
The stories take place during the revolution in
. Hallie joins the cause to help the people, not to fight, but to teach the children and to heal people. Nicaragua
Codi keeps looking back at her dreaded childhood. She also has to keep track of Doc Homer who is sinking into dementia. She doesn’t feel confident of herself. Yet, as the story progresses, she becomes a fine teacher. She concerns herself with the students. Codi gives them sex education. The class tests the nearby waters and finds the Ph is off the charts. So they alert the town about the water problem.
The native citizens of Grace loved displays of religious objects. “Some people had business with the saints on November 1, and went to Mass, but on November 2 ‘everybody’ had business at the graveyard.”
The intricacies of the Navaho, Apache, and other tribes are realistic. The romance is dreamy. The writing is fantastic-a poetic journey ending in a paradise on earth.