The Bean Trees is bestselling author Barbara Kingsolver’s first novel, now widely regarded as a modern classic. It is the charming, engrossing tale of rural Kentucky native Taylor Greer, who only wants to get away from her roots and avoid getting pregnant. She succeeds, but inherits a 3-year-old native-American little girl named Turtle along the way, and together, from Oklahoma to Tucson, Arizona, half-Cherokee Taylor and her charge search for a new life in the West.
Written with humor and pathos, this highly praised novel focuses on love and friendship, abandonment and belonging as Taylor, out of money and seemingly out of options, settles in dusty Tucson and begins working at Jesus Is Lord Used Tires while trying to make a life for herself and Turtle.
The author of such bestsellers as The Lacuna, The Poinsonwood Bible, and Flight Behavior, Barbara Kingsolver has been hailed for her striking imagery and clear dialogue, and this is the novel that kicked off her remarkable literary career.
This edition includes a P.S. section with additional insights from the author, background material, suggestions for further reading, and more.
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What follows is Taylor's hilarious and touching tale of instant motherhood and the friends she makes along the way.Read Full Review of The Bean Trees: A Novel
The scenario has a familiar ring, as does its independent and irreverent '80s heroine. But Kingsolver delivers enough original dialogue and wry one-liners to put this novel on a shelf of its own...Read Full Review of The Bean Trees: A Novel
Fascinating. Barbara Kingsolver's first novel presents a wonderful clarity of storytelling with the exquisite detail of a kaleidoscope.Read Full Review of The Bean Trees: A Novel
I think this book was better paced than The Poisonwood Bible which dragged after the first half. It ended strongly, though bittersweet, without relying on clichÃ©s. The Bean Trees is also a timely read in the midst of the current immigration debate...Read Full Review of The Bean Trees: A Novel
This book is full of surprises and adventure. It is also full of thought provoking chapters about family, illegal aliens and their plight and hardship.Read Full Review of The Bean Trees: A Novel
I highly recommend Kingsolver's novel, and am happy to have hadthe pleasure of reading it. Taylor provides a wonderful vehicle to conveyinspirational messages of hope, understanding and love.Read Full Review of The Bean Trees: A Novel
...what makes it special is the way that it's told. The characters are real; you can really imagine meeting these people in real life.Read Full Review of The Bean Trees: A Novel
This book didn't necessarily tie up all the loose ends but it left me with a feeling of contentedness. So basically - you have got to read this book. I hope you fall in love with it like I did.Read Full Review of The Bean Trees: A Novel
Kingsolver published The Bean Trees in 1988, and even at the start of her career, she was a magnificent storyteller. Certainly, like all writers, her craft has evolved, but she’s never lost sight of her values and desire to make a change.Read Full Review of The Bean Trees: A Novel
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