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The Bean Trees


Plucky Taylor Greer grows up poor in rural Kentucky with two goals: to avoid pregnancy and to get away. She succeeds on both counts when she buys an ... Show synopsis

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  • The Bean Trees (Harper Perennial) – Trade paperback (2011)
    by Barbara Kingsolver

    The Bean Trees

    Trade paperback, Harper Perennial
    315 pages

    ISBN: 006210392X
    ISBN-13: 9780062103925

    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."

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Reviews of The Bean Trees

Overall customer rating: 3.500


by SONIA F on Sep 13, 2012

An American classic novel. Plot, characters, writing, everything about it recommends it for all age groups.


Great book conditon, quick shipping

by Jeremy on Dec 29, 2011

I gave this a 4 * also because I will not be using it until January.


Interesting Plot with Profound Characters

by Hanson on Aug 14, 2009

Despite being an assigned novel, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Kingsolver is a master at creating characters with interesting personalities, and her characters are what drive the plot in this book. Take for example, Turtle, a three year old child who is taken in by the main character, Taylor. Although it may not seem like it, I found Turtle to be an inspirational character, with a complex and moving history and personality. The only complaint I have, is that it seemed as if Kingsolver tried to add suspense in this book, but overall, wasn't too successful. If you liked The Poisonwood Bible, I recommend reading The Bean Trees as well.



by Selina on Oct 2, 2007

Another reason why people hate assigned reading. This was a book I had to finish and hated every moment. This is a boring book. Characters come and characters go. The lack of plot does not help the matter. I understand that this is supposed to be a character driven novel, but then the character must be interesting. Most of the people I've talked with who read this book have the same complaints. A boring book from begining to end.

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