Turtle

2 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 1,240 ratings

The Bean Trees Publisher's Summary

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. By the time Taylor arrives in Tucson, Arizona, she has acquired a completely unexpected child, a three-year-old American Indian girl named Turtle, and must somehow come to terms with both motherhood and the necessity of putting down roots.

Hers is a story about love and friendship, abandonment and belonging, and the discovery of surprising resources in apparently empty places.

©1988 Barbara Kingsolver (P)2004 Recorded Books, LLC
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  • Book 1

    • The Bean Trees

    • By: Barbara Kingsolver
    • Narrated by: C. J. Critt
    • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,058
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 888
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 892

    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. By the time Taylor arrives in Tucson, Arizona, she has acquired a completely unexpected child, a three-year-old American Indian girl named Turtle, and must somehow come to terms with both motherhood and the necessity of putting down roots.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • a dear favorite

    • By withherownwings on 02-22-14

    Regular price: $15.96

  • Book 2

    • Pigs in Heaven

    • A Novel
    • By: Barbara Kingsolver
    • Narrated by: C. J. Critt
    • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 182
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 165
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 162

    Taking place three years after The Bean Trees, Taylor is now dating a musician named Jax and has officially adopted Turtle. But when a lawyer for the Cherokee Nation begins to investigate the adoption, their new life together begins to crumble. Depicting the clash between fierce family love and tribal law, poverty and means, abandonment and belonging, Pigs in Heaven is a morally wrenching, gently humorous work of fiction that speaks equally to the head and to the heart.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wonderful Metaphors of Life

    • By CAD on 05-07-18

    Regular price: $31.93