The Bean Trees: A Novel

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The Bean Trees: A Novel

by Barbara Kingsolver

HarperCollins | May 19, 2009 | Trade Paperback

The Bean Trees: A Novel is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 4.

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-year-old American Indian girl named Turtle, and must somehow come to terms with both motherhood and the necessity for putting down roots. Hers is a story about love and friendship, abandonment and belonging, and the discovery of surprising resources in apparently empty places.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 256 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.64 in

Published: May 19, 2009

Publisher: HarperCollins

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0061765228

ISBN - 13: 9780061765223

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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
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous! Taylor, Turtle, Leanne and the rest of the characters in Bean Trees and the sequel Pigs in Heaven have become like close friends. The writing is vibrant, the character's full and believable. Although Kingsolver is best known for The Poisonwood Bible, I far prefer this fabulous little novel.
Date published: 2010-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from my favourite book This is definately my favourite book of all time. I read it while I was in highschool and continued to read on in the series. Kingsolver is a great author who tells really great stories which have all the components I love, nature, realism, compassion and excitment. You won't be able to put it down!
Date published: 2006-06-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Bean Trees Taylor Greer is determined to find a life beyond the poverty and the limited expectations of her hometown in Kentucky. She sets out across the country, and a chance encounter leaves her with a child named Turtle. As with all Kingsolver books, this one is peopled with strong female characters who have to deal with real and often unexpected problems. Despite the difficulties they face, it is the resilience of the human spirit and the joy they find in their lives that you ultimately remember.
Date published: 1999-06-15

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The Bean Trees: A Novel

The Bean Trees: A Novel

by Barbara Kingsolver

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 256 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.64 in

Published: May 19, 2009

Publisher: HarperCollins

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0061765228

ISBN - 13: 9780061765223

From the Publisher

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-year-old American Indian girl named Turtle, and must somehow come to terms with both motherhood and the necessity for putting down roots. Hers is a story about love and friendship, abandonment and belonging, and the discovery of surprising resources in apparently empty places.

About the Author

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 Britain's Orange Prize forThe Lacuna. Before she made her living as a writer, Kingsolver earned degrees in biology and worked as a scientist. She now lives with her family on a farm in southern Appalachia.

Editorial Reviews

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