The Bean Trees
By the time Taylor Greer reaches Oklahoma, this strong-willed young Kentucky native with a quick tongue and an open mind is catapulted into a surprising new life. (1988)
From the Publisher: Clear-eyed and spirited, Taylor Greer grew up poor in rural Kentucky with the goals of avoiding pregnancy and getting away. But when she heads west with high hopes and a barely functional car, she meets the human condition head-on.
A story about love and friendship, abandonment and belonging, and the discovery of surprising resources in apparently empty places.
Kingsolver's fiction features strong women who carve out places for themselves in new communities. In The Bean Trees, Taylor Greer hits the road wanting only to get as far away from Kentucky as possible, ending up in Arizona with a 3-year-old Cherokee girl she has inherited from a woman in a bar.
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"You from out of town?" he asked after a while, eyeing my car. "No," I said. "I go to Kentucky every year to get my license plate."
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