The Bean Trees
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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.
From Publishers Weekly
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This book is quite good, it's very heartwarming and different. I would recommend reading this but watch out if your younger there are hardships and terrible saddening things in this book. it makes for a great story though!
suprisingly good book, boring at first but i really loved it in the end
really great i recomend it
100 Words or Less
The only memory I have of reading this novel 20 years ago is chasing my roommate around the apartment reading aloud, while she covered her ears and screamed for me to stop. Yeah, the prose is that stilted, hackneyed, predictable, and plain old lazy.
The characters are flat. The situation is reworked from hundreds of other novels. The ending is stupid in its warm fuzzy falseness. Ugh.
I guess I took it all too seriously. I suppose if you’re looking for a light, breezy, mindless read, this would work … but why? You have so many better options out there.