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In the age of Trump, Barbara Kingsolver is the novelist we need

Her new novel Unsheltered stands up for decency in the face of an indecent president— and asks tough questions about her country’s origins

Neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other alt-right factions face off against counter-demonstrators in Charlottesville. Photo: PA

It’s apropos—in a bitter sort of way—that Donald Trump’s election as US president propelled George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four to the upper reaches of the bestseller list 68 years after its publication. The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood’s 1985 dystopian novel which is now a successful television series began to look more frighteningly prophetic after 8th November 2016. (Atwood has just announced a sequel.) The hit historical musical Hamilton, which premiered before Trump announced his candidacy,…

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