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The bean trees

by Kingsolver, Barbara.

Format: Print Book 1998
Availability: Available at 3 Libraries 3 of 4 copies
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CLP - Brookline Fiction FICTION Kingsolv
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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."
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Feisty Taylor Greer is determined to leave poverty-stricken Pittman County, Kentucky, and to escape the ``barefoot and pregnant'' route taken by the majority of her peers. She heads west in a 1955 Volkswagen, which breaks down on a Cherokee reservation in Oklahoma. Tired and almost out of money, Taylor is taken by surprise when a woman leaves an abused child in the front seat of her car. Unprepared for the sudden onslaught of emotion that overcomes her, Taylor becomes the child's guardian, settles in Tucson, and meets a wonderful network of friends who help her to cope with her new responsibilities. Kingsolver tackles a number of depressing contemporary social ills, including child abuse, divorce, and political refugees, in a warm and generous first novel. JW. [CIP] 87-45633"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Feisty Marietta Greer changes her name to ``Taylor'' when her car runs out of gas in Taylorville, Ill. By the time she reaches Oklahoma, this strong-willed young Kentucky native with a quick tongue and an open mind is catapulted into a surprising new life. Taylor leaves home in a beat-up '55 Volkswagen bug, on her way to nowhere in particular, savoring her freedom. But when a forlorn Cherokee woman drops a baby in Taylor's passenger seat and asks her to take it, she does. A first novel, The Bean Trees is an overwhelming delight, as random and unexpected as real life. The unmistakable voice of its irresistible heroine is whimsical, yet deeply insightful. Taylor playfully names her little foundling ``Turtle,'' because she clings with an unrelenting, reptilian grip; at the same time, Taylor aches at the thought of the silent, staring child's past suffering. With Turtle in tow, Taylor lands in Tucson, Ariz., with two flat tires and decides to stay. The desert climate, landscape and vegetation are completely foreign to Taylor, and in learning to love Arizona, she also comes face to face with its rattlesnakes and tarantulas. Similarly, Taylor finds that motherhood, responsibility and independence are thorny, if welcome, gifts. This funny, inspiring book is a marvelous affirmation of risk-taking, commitment and everyday miracles. (March) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Young women -- Travel -- West (U.S.) -- Fiction.
Indian children -- North America -- Fiction.
Automobile travel -- Fiction.
Friendship -- Fiction.
Orphans -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :HarperCollins,1998
Edition 10th anniversary ed.
Language English
Description 261 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 9780060175795
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