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The Bean Trees Summary
Barbara Kingsolver

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The Bean Trees Summary


Barbara Kingsolver demonstrates that politics are personal in The Bean Trees, her novel of friend­ship and survival set in the and American South­west. The novel focuses on Taylor Greer's search for a new life as she moves from her dull Kentucky home to exotic Arizona and the lessons that she learns along the way. Taylor's adoption of an abused Cherokee toddler, her friendship with a pair of Guatemalan refugees, and her support system of a small community of women, all contribute to the novel's central conviction that people cannot sur­vive without empathy and generosity. Published in 1988 to an enthusiastic critical reception, The Bean Trees won an American Library Association award and a School Library Association award and has found a devoted reading audience around the world. Critics and readers alike relish Taylor's humor and warmth, with her down-home speech and percep­tive...

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