The narrator, Damon Fields, nicknamed Demon Copperhead, is a young boy living with his drug addict mother in Appalachia. Young Demon’s life is plagued with poverty, addiction, abuse and death, yet somehow he maintains a sense of humor and a realistic look at the world around him. Demon is bright, perceptive and talented, but sometimes that is not enough for him to overcome all that the world has thrown at him.
Barbara Kingsolver readily admits that Demon Copperhead was inspired by David Copperfield. Having never read Dickens’ novel, I can’t make a valid comparison. Kingsolver’s tome is clever, and Demon is a likable, sympathetic character. However, for me, there were descriptions of his bad luck life that became tedious.