As an English Lit major (long ago, in a galaxy far far away ), I read many, many outstanding, canonical, classic works. This novel ranks up there with the greats. I was so pleased to see, when i recently went back to my university and was perusing the syllabus of an upper-level course, that "The Poisonwood Bible" was included in the 'works to be studied' list. I felt a validation for the importance of the book and joy at knowing there are modern writers who can hold their own with venerated authors of the past. So, what do you think makes it great? What did you like about it? What did you not? What do you think it says about religion/colonialism/family/racism/gender... (the list could go on and on)? Did you like it/hate it? Did it make you look at your own familial dynamics? I'd love to hear your views.