The struggles were difficult because Taylor was dealing with something that she really wanted to avoid which is having a child. The Bean Trees begins when Taylor whose real name is Marietta decides that it's time to leave Pittman, Kentucky, where she lives with her mother, and make something of herself. The main character, Taylor, is unevenly developed--she's too mutable, changing to fit what Kingsolver wants to say or how she wants to say it at various points in the book--and many of the other characters are types, not people, however finely observed. Okay, not that kind of road trip. It is here that she chooses the name Taylor. Taylor breaks down in Cherokee Nation land. A series of wars with English settlers around the Revolutionary War reduced the power of the Cherokee in Tennessee and their other holdings in Georgia and the Carolinas.
Following the attack, Turtle withdraws and stops speaking. While in Oklahoma, Taylor's steering wheel stops working, and she must stop in the middle of a Cherokee reservation. That is one unlucky family. When Taylor finds the diner where Turtle was abandoned, she realizes that everything has changed. She begins looking for a cheap place to live. In so doing, they allow all members to grow emotionally and to lead more productive lives without the worry of everyday personal security, including the need for food. By the time Taylor arrives in Tucson, Arizona, she has acquired a completely unexpected child, a three-year-old American Indian girl named Turt Clear-eyed and spirited, Taylor Greer grew up poor in rural Kentucky with the goals of avoiding pregnancy and getting away.
I read it super fast because that's what i do to get through a book i don't like, fast. Remarkably, the numerous themes--immigration, indigenous people, adoption, and a faulty judicial system--are still relevant today; I often forgot that I was reading a 30-year-old novel. Back in Oklahoma, the group stays at the inn where Taylor first stayed with Turtle and discover that the nice woman who worked there has since died. Although there is no evidence that Turtle has been molested, Turtle becomes catatonic once more and Taylor begins angry at the world. They realize that they are both from Kentucky and within ten minutes they are laughing together and drinking Pepsi.
At least, that's pretty much Taylor's reaction: she's too baffled to do much of anything, and the woman takes off before she can refuse. Thinking that a good night's rest might help her to think things through, she gets back on the road, and looks for a motel. Is she just confused after her own re-naming experience? As a feminist and an advocate for the rights of immigrants, Kingsolver wrote the book to reflect many of these deeply-held beliefs. Taylor asks her if she ever considered that there was no meteor shower and that Angel fabricated it to make her feel bad about herself. Hers is a story about love and friendship, abandonment and belonging, and the discovery of surprising resources in apparently empty places. It was interesting to me to see this author's progress from this early novel to The Poisonwood Bible, published a few books later, and which is superbly written. But one night in a bar, a mysterious Indian woman gives her a young girl.
When it was first published, however, its author was unknown. The Greer family only includes two people: Alice and her daughter, Taylor. She agrees to let Taylor move in immediately. Taylor is an honest, straight-forward protagonist that speaks with youthful tact and an open heart. Lou Ann apologizes and changes the subject to the borscht soup she has made. Are there issues with it being a first book? It challenged me in so many ways, but it was epic and beautiful.
Nevertheless, this did not protect the Cherokee from U. The main character, Taylor, is unevenly developed--she's too mutable, changing to fit what Kingsolver wants to say or how she wants to say it at various points in the book--and many of the other characters are types, not people, however finely observed. Soon, everyone else from the bar is gone too, and Taylor is left with an unknown child on her hands. Again the storytelling was magical, and with characters such as Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, Leon Trotsky. At first I was not sure I could stomach a book that read like a cross between Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion and something written by Erma Bombeck but the more I read the more invested I became in this quirky little gem. Taylor works at the Burger Derby for a short time before a quarrel with her boss gets her fired. That's not a criticism of Berg.
Esperanza is sitting up in a small bedroom, looking out the window. Although the physical harm is not as bad as it might have been, the trauma sends her back into the catatonic state she was in when Taylor first took her away from Oklahoma. Interesting read that may not be everyone's cup of tea. To settle this argument, they begin drinking, and Lou Ann frets about becoming drunk, for she fears that she might say something to ruin their friendship. But one night in a bar, a mysterious Indian woman gives her a young girl. So--she takes a job in a dreaded tire-repair shop from which her car refuses to budge, and meets a motley collection of sanctuary workers, refugees, other ex-Kentuckians, social workers, and spinsters who, together, help her to bolster her courage and create a real family for her sweet, stunned, unbidden child. This speech delights Lou Ann who is happy that Taylor seems to speak the same way she does.
Kingsolver began her full-time writing career in the mid 1980s as a science writer for the university, which eventually lead to some freelance feature writing. Lou Ann is still wrapped up in the vision of conventional love, even though she was unhappy with Angel. I agree that it doesn't demonstrate quite the same depth and polish as Poisonwood, but it's a bloody good debut and there are clear hints of how sharp and vividly-observed her writing would become. Taylor, for her part, knows that Turtle needs the nourishment of the vegetables in the soup so that her growth is not stunted any more than it has been. Lou Ann is angered by this and wants to find the man that did it but Taylor is in shock and strangely despondent.