The Bean Trees: A Novel

Paperback | May 19, 2009

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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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's work has been translated into more than twenty languages and has earned a devoted readership at home and abroad. She was awarded the National Humanities Medal, our country's highest honor for service through the arts. She received the 2011 Dayton Literary Peace Prize for the body of her work, and in 2010 won Britai...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.64 inPublished:May 19, 2009Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0061765228

ISBN - 13:9780061765223

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Bean Tree Loved this. Didn't want to put it down. Don't start unless you have time to stay up late to finish.
Date published: 2015-05-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Down home Love Barbara Kingsolver. Her character development is wonderful and she really touches on the human condition.
Date published: 2014-05-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Bean Trees This was a great read! It was intricate enough to keep a reader's attention, but flowed along smoothly. Kingsolver raises a lot of social issues around single parenthood and adoption without getting tiresome or maudlin, and the characters are so engaging that you want the best for them.
Date published: 2014-01-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Enjoyable and quick to read. 3.5 stars When Taylor Greer sets out to drive away from the place she grew up in Kentucky, her life will change more than she thinks when, as she is driving through a Cherokee reservation in Oklahoma, someone hands her a baby and tells her to take care of it. Taylor keeps going as far as Tucson, Arizona with the baby she later calls Turtle. In Tucson, she must find a job and a place to live and figure out how to take care of this baby. This was enjoyable. I was engaged and wanted to keep reading. I have already read Pigs in Heaven (which actually continues the story of these characters, but I hadn't realized that till after I'd finished PinH), so I was somewhat familiar with Taylor and Turtle. It's not a very long book, so it is quick to read.
Date published: 2013-08-04

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