The Beet Queen Themes

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Abandonment is a theme in the novel that begins, not with Mary and Karl, but with their mother, Adelaide. Adelaide is in love with a married man who pays for her home in exchange for being allowed to visit her as often as he can get away. When he dies, Adelaide finds herself homeless and penniless since her lover kept Adelaide's home in his name. Adelaide feels abandoned and desperate. Adelaide is also pregnant. Unable to fend for herself or her children, Adelaide abandons them just as her lover did her. Adelaide boards a plane for a ride and never returns.

Mary does the only thing she knows to do, she runs to her mother's sister in Argus, North Dakota. Mary is accepted with open arms by all but her cousin, Sita. However, Mary is also abandoned by her brother Karl, who runs away before the two of...

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Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction and Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults
The Beet Queen from Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction and Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults. ©2005-2006 Thomson Gale, a part of the Thomson Corporation. All rights reserved.