The Bean Trees: A Novel

Kobo ebook | March 17, 2009

byBarbara Kingsolver

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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.

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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...

Format:Kobo ebookPublished:March 17, 2009Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0061809691

ISBN - 13:9780061809699

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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