Pigs in Heaven by Barbara Kingsolver

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Picking up where her modern classic The Bean Trees left off, Barbara Kingsolver’s bestselling Pigs in Heaven continues the tale of Turtle and Taylor Greer, a Native American girl and her adoptive mother who have settled in Tucson, Arizona, as they both try to overcome their difficult pasts.

Taking place three years after The Bean Trees, Taylor is now dating a musician named Jax and has officially adopted Turtle. But when a lawyer for the Cherokee Nation begins to investigate the adoption—their new life together begins to crumble.

Depicting the clash between fierce family love and tribal law, poverty and means, abandonment and belonging, Pigs in Heaven is a morally wrenching, gently humorous work of fiction that speaks equally to the head and the heart.

This edition includes a P.S. section with additional insights from Barbara Kingsolver, background material, suggestions for further reading, and more.


About Barbara Kingsolver

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Barbara Kingsolver is the author of seven works of fiction, including the novels The Poisonwood Bible, Animal Dreams, and The Bean Trees, as well as books of poetry, essays, and creative nonfiction such as Animal, Vegetable, Miracle. In 2000, she was awarded the National Humanities Medal, our country's highest honor for service through the arts. She lives with her family on a farm in southern Appalachia.
Published March 17, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 356 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Children's Books. Fiction

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When the man is rescued, Turtle becomes a celebrity--which brings self-confidence but also the attention of Cherokee Nation authorities in Heaven, Oklahoma- -especially that of Indian-activist lawyer Annawake Fourkiller, who recognizes Turtle as a missing Cherokee child called Lacey Stillwater;

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Taylor Greer and her adopted Cherokee daughter Turtle, first met in The Bean Trees , will captivate readers anew in Kingsolver's assured and eloquent sequel, which mixes wit, wisdom and the expert skills of a born raconteur into a powerfully affecting narrative.

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Entertainment Weekly

PIGS IN HEAVEN Barbara Kingsolver (HarperCollins, $22) Great news for readers (I'm one) who present copies of Barbara Kingsolver's incandescent novels The Bean Trees and Animal Dreams to friends like keys to the kingdom of independent-women's heaven: Taylor Greer, the resourceful, big-spirited he...

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The Independent

nobody, save Alice's husband (Taylor's father), gets a raw deal, and since we never meet him except through Alice's thoughts - 'You can't rehabilitate a man who collects light bulbs' - he can be excused his lack of grace notes.

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The likably flawed characters are single mother Taylor: her adopted daughter, Turtle, 6;

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Spirituality & Practice

She goes on the warpath when she hears that Taylor didn't get permission from the Cherokee Nation to adopt Turtle.

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