The Bean Trees: A Novel

Mass Market Paperback | October 23, 1998

byBarbara Kingsolver

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Barbara Kingsolver's 1988 debut novel is a classic workof American fiction. Now a standard in college literature classes across thenation, and a book that appears in translation across the globe, The BeanTrees is not only a literary masterpiece but a popular triumph—anarrative that readers worldwide have taken into their hearts. The Los Angeles Times calls The Bean Trees “the work of a visionary. . . . It leaves you open-mouthed and smiling.”

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For those readers who have not yet fallen under the spell of Kingsolver's storytelling magic, here is her most popular and bestselling novel in its first-ever mass market edition. It is the story about love and friendship, abandonment and belonging, and the discovery of surprising resources in apparently empty places.

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Barbara Kingsolver's 1988 debut novel is a classic workof American fiction. Now a standard in college literature classes across thenation, and a book that appears in translation across the globe, The BeanTrees is not only a literary masterpiece but a popular triumph—anarrative that readers worldwide have taken into their hearts. The Lo...

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Clear-eyed and spirited, Taylor Greer grew up poor in rural Kentucky with the goals of avoiding pregnancy and getting away. But when she heads west with high hopes and a barely functional car, she meets the human condition head-on. By the time Taylor arrives in Tucson, Arizona, she has acquired a completely unexpected child, a three-ye...

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...

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Format:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 6.75 × 4.19 × 0.84 inPublished:October 23, 1998Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0061097314

ISBN - 13:9780061097317

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Bean Trees By: Barbara Kingsolver Lovely story about a young women growing up poor very with few advantages or opportunities in life. However she has a clear value system, which see's her through some very difficult challenges. A wonderful sweet heartwarming story.
Date published: 2007-12-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Great Book This review is in response to the others listed here. This was a very good book. The characters and the plot are well developed. Barbara Kingsolver is a great author, she knows how to write a great novel. It can be looked upon as a coming-of-age novel, but with a twist, and something that all age groups can appriciate.
Date published: 2000-11-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Pre-teen read This book starts off pleasently enough, it seems to be setting the stage for something exciting. Though the main character's low class repelled me a little at first. Characters fall just short of the Jerry springer show. It tells the tail of an average Joe (or Jane as the case may be) A woman who's directionless life is interupted by a child. A very easy read. Has a somewhat profound ending, but not enough to justify reading the book. Perhaps best suited for those ages 12-14.
Date published: 2000-08-03

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For those readers who have not yet fallen under the spell of Kingsolver's storytelling magic, here is her most popular and bestselling novel in its first-ever mass market edition. It is the story about love and friendship, abandonment and belonging, and the discovery of surprising resources in apparently empty places.

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"A lively first novel...an easy book to enjoy." (The New Yorker)