The Bean Trees

The Bean Trees

Very few writers can combat and address as many topics and issues as Barbara Kingsolver, without sacrificing deep emotion, rich dialect, and a captivating storyline. She uses vocabulary and grammar that accurately portrays the life and thoughts of her two main characters, as well as making the supporting roles believable. Kingsolver uses everyday events to catch the reader and hook them into the twisting story of two, poor, female roommates of Tucson, Arizona.
The Bean Trees is an extraordinary novel, both in the sense that it is unusual and that it is oddly good. It depicts two young women in their search for happiness and well-being.
Taylor, a poor young girl originally from hick-Kentucky, travels cross-country trying to find a better life. Unexpectedly, she is burdened with the responsibility of raising a three year-old child, given to her by an Indian woman at in the parking lot of a restaurant.
Lou Ann also had a child of her own, but hers came from a failing marriage. She had lived in Tucson, Arizona for quite some time, but when Angel (the Spanish pronunciation) left her, her apartment had room for one more person to share rent.
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