Study Guide

The Poisonwood Bible Book 5, Prologue

By Barbara Kingsolver

Book 5, Prologue

  • Another book, another prologue: "Exodus/ What We Carried Out."
  • Orleanna tells us that Ruth May was her baby, her favorite. Once she died, everything seemed useless, and she had to leave. She had to keep moving so grief wouldn't consume her.
  • She left Nathan behind and returned to America.
  • She wonders if Ruth May is still there in Africa, up in the trees.