The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

This novel tells the story of the Price family, Southern Baptist missionaries who set out for the Belgian Congo in 1959 with the intention of "saving souls". Of course, their mission doesn't go exactly as planned. It's also the story of a nation's fight for independence and its struggle to achieve democracy in the aftermath of colonization. (That didn't go too well, either.)