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156) as well as literature courses and one class in creative writing. ” The move from her acquisitive process through information—learning whatever came before her—to a stance more like her capacity in music, to make that learning her own, was difficult to achieve with writing. So much a person who absorbed knowledge, Kingsolver had been rewarded for those abilities throughout her life. To learn to pause 36 BARBARA KINGSOLVER and transform that knowledge into something new, something her own, would take time.

This is not Club Med we’re talking about. Just sort of outlandish, unusual places that were underdeveloped or whatever, we went to them. —Barbara Kingsolver, Kentucky Writers as a child depended on her parents, particularly on her mother. In several memoirs, she recalls bringing to Virginia all the sweet-pea blossoms she could pick from a trellis in the yard. The young child notices the “pink red purple dazzle. A finger painting of colors humming against the blue air: I could think of nothing but to bring it to you.

CHAPTER TH R E E The Worlds of Indiana, Europe, and Arizona I found bonds of friendship that had to do with common interests and sort of the joy of shared intellectual discovery, and that was nice.... I didn’t have to be embarrassed about having a life and a mind. —Barbara Kingsolver, Kentucky Writers Barbara Kingsolver wanted terribly to leave Carlisle, Kentucky. What she wanted was a way to find her autonomy. Even if she already had some idea of who she was, a girl with many talents and skills, she felt continually overshadowed as an individual by her family, a unit that was unbelievably good, moral, and giving.

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