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 old car and heads west. But midway across the country motherhood catches up with her when she becomes the guardian of an abandoned baby girl she calls Turtle. In Tuscon they encounter an ...Read MorePlucky 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 old car and heads west. But midway across the country motherhood catches up with her when she becomes the guardian of an abandoned baby girl she calls Turtle. In Tuscon they encounter an extraordinary array of people, and with their help, Taylor builds herself and her sweet, stunned child a life.Read Less
Fair. Shelf wear to front and back covers, rubbing around spine, . Book is well read but remains a good reading copy with all of the pages and binding intact. The spine has bends and the cover has wear from reading including rubbing and bends. May have writing o.
Very Good. This is a story of a girl from a poor KY background who leaves for a better life but before she arrives in AZ she has became a mother to an abandoned Indian child, it is a story of love, life, and an indomitable will. The books cond. is normal for reading and shelf wear not mint but a nice 1st edition copy.
Good in Good jacket. First Printing with correct number line to 1. Ex-library copy with dustjacket. Hardcovers in nice condition, spine lean. Usual markings to endpapers etc., else interior clean, binding tight. Dustjacket has normal labels and stickers, in mylar cover that is glued to endpapers.
Very good. Signed by author on title page. Appears to be a 1992 HarperPerennial reissue. NOT ex-library. Appears unread. Binding tight. Book does not match Amazon photo. 232 pp. All items shipped within 2 business days and guaranteed. Proceeds benefit the Pima County Public Library, serving the greater Tucson area.
Signed by Author Good paperback. SIGNED by author to title page. Some normal aging to exterior includes yellowing to page-ends. Moderate edgewear includes bumping/rounding to corners. Bumping & small chip to foot of spine. Splitting to laminate along lower edge of front cover. Faint dimpling to upper rear cover. Light crease to lower rear cover, last few pages. Previous owner's name to front end-paper. Pages and text are clean and bright. 232 pp.
An American classic novel. Plot, characters, writing, everything about it recommends it for all age groups.
Dec 29, 2011
Great book conditon, quick shipping
I gave this a 4 * also because I will not be using it until January.
Aug 14, 2009
Interesting Plot with Profound Characters
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.
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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