Barbara Kingsolver is an amazing story teller. She has a way of making you forget the complexities and complications of life and concentrate on simply living. Reading one of her books is like breathing in a lungful of clean, fresh air. I have enjoyed all her works of fiction, but I didn't expect to be so enthralled by her non-fiction as well.
Small Wonder is about hope in the midst of hopelessness, about little things that can light up your world and make your life meaningful. Her stories speak to that little voice in us, that is often subdued, sometimes smothered, that cries out at injustice, longs for peace and hopes for goodness to prevail.
In the author's words, I create imagined lives. I write about the likes of liberty, equality & world peace, on an extremely domestic scale. She writes in a tone that has a tinge of despair but is also hopeful in a child-like way.
She quotes Barry Lopez: If we hope to succeed in the endeavor of protecting natures other than our own, it will require that we reimagine our lives....It will require of many of us a humanity we've not yet mastered, and a grace we were not aware we desired until we had tasted it.