Wonderful, wonderful book. A sequel (or continuation) of "The Bean Trees", this one tells the story of Taylor and her adopted daughter, Turtle, when a fluke causes Turtle to be recognized as a Native American and Taylor's adoption of her is ruled illegal. This is a lovely, lyrical book, full of truth and tears and laughter. Highly recommended.
The second best book ever written, with the first being its prequel, The Bean Trees. It's so romantic, with rich characters and appealing points of view. I worked as a social worker impacted by the Indian Child Welfare Act, and it's a tough history so many children faced. This has such a sweet, delightful ending that you wish all such cases would have.
This is one of the rare occasions where the sequel outshines the first book. "Pigs in Heaven" continues Taylor & Turtle's adventures with Kingsolver's witty writing. This book kept me wanting more. Cute story!
Adopted American Indian girl may be forced to go back and live with her natural grandfather and his tribe after she is seen on "The Oprah Winfrey Show". She happens to be on the show because she saved a man from falling into the Hoover Dam. Very good book
Sequel to "The Bean Trees". I like the characters in "The Bean Trees" and was thrilled Kingsolver wrote another book picking up where "The Bean Trees" left off. This book is almost as good as the first, however, I found it a bit frustrating. It's a must read if you like Kingsolver and have read "the Bean Trees".
I liked "The Bean Trees" best just because there was more of Turtle's cute little personality, but this is a very good story. This one allows us to find out more about Turtle's background, but is more centered on Taylor's and her mother Alice's decisions and circumstances. A sweet story of family.
I've had this book on my TBR shelf for some time, but couldn't seem to get it read. Finally I picked it up one snowy day and read it in one day!!
I had never read any of Barbara Kingsolver's novels until this one. It definitely won't be the last one. I love her style of writing.. insightful, witty and so true-to-life.
Taylor Greer, a young, unmarried woman, finds herself the mother of a young girl who has been given to her, literally, by a woman in a parking lot. She adopts her, raises her and loves her as only a mother could. When Turtle [the young girl] is almost 6 years old, Taylor finds out the the adoption was not legal because Turtle is Cherokee and the adoption was not approved by the Cherokee Nation.
What transpires is the basis for the rest of the book, a heartwarming, insightful and funny book that will bring tears to your eyes and a good feeling when you've finished the last page.
I really wanted to like this book more than I actually did after reading "The Bean Trees". The book started out good and had a great ending, but got reallllly bogged down and so slow in the middle that I almost gave it up entirely. It's a good book, but too long, in my oh so humble opinion.
Barbara Kingsolver is a genius. If you're a mother, you must read this. If you're not a mother, you must read this. You will want to live with these characters forever and you will wish that you knew them. One of my favorite books ever!
A beautiful story of a young woman who adopts a Cherokee baby girl that was given to her in less than perfect citcumstances and then after bonding with her for three years, the Cherokee Nation is trying to take her back to the "Tribe" Ms. Kingsolver has once again writtem a beautiful story!
Taylor Greer never thought she could be a mother until someone gives her an Indian child. She cares and loves little Turtle with all her heart, so much so that Turtle comes before anything else in her life. Turtle sees a man go into the water at Hoover Dam. When he is rescued, the child and her mother get nationwide news coverage and unwanted attention from a crusading tribal lawyer which puts them on the run to keep them together. Their adventures and the dilemma that faces Taylor - to keep her child or give her back to the tribe keeps the tale moving well. The story is delightful but I felt the ending was a bit hokey and unbelievable. Still this was an enjoyable read and I would recommend it to those interested in interracial adoptions.
What a great follow up to Bean Trees! Smooth transition into a crazy, wild, and sometimes heart breaking adventure with Taylor and Turtle. A constellation of beautifully written characters that all breathed rich life. Barbara's fiction stories are magical.
Six-year-old Turtle Greer witnesses a freak accident at the Hoover Dam, leading to a man's dramatic rescue. But Turtle's moment of celebrity draws her into a crisis of historic proportions that will envelop not only her and her mother, Taylor, but everyone else who touches their lives.
I love almost anything by Barbara Kingsolver and this book is no exception. This is the sequel to The Bean Trees which you don't have to read first but it would be very good if you did.
Taylor is a girl who is out on her own, living life on her own terms. This is the story of what happens when she finds something very special in her car and decides to keep it.
I laughed out loud, I am sure I cried.
Read anything by Barbara Kingsolver you can get your hands on except Flight Behavior.
I very much enjoyed this book. There is a strong cultural dynamic, as well as the theme of motherhood and fear of loss. The characters are mostly compelling and, while the resolution is all a bit too neat, the story effectively drew me in throughout. Definitely one of the best things I've read this year, though, to be fair, the year thus far has been pretty well occupied by assigned readings.
Kingsolver recalls characters from "The Bean Tree" for this continuation. Three years later we find Taylor and Turtle well settled in Tuscon. While on a tour of several nearby national parks, Turtle and Taylor stop to visit Hoover Dam.
After the tour, Turtle notices a man who is walking inside of the fence just as he disappears down a hole seemingly into the belly of the huge dam. It takes quite a long time to get anyone to believe what she saw; but eventually a rescue team goes in and finds the man still alive.
The story radiates out from their good deed, which is reported on the news. An appearance on Oprah's show draws even more attention to Turtle. Attention of the Cherokee Nation, who are prepared to take back "one of their own". Native American children adopted out of the Nation usually have no Cherokee identity, or knowledge of their tribe.
Taylor has adopted Turtle and can hardly believe that they would remove Turtle But, in fear of losing her, they go on the run.
Thoroughly entertaining and beautifully written as Kingsolver fans have come to expect. I highly recommend this book.
Barbara Kingsolver is one of the best storytellers around. She crafts sentences and observations on life that have stuck in my head for over ten years since I first read this book. This story is interesting, unpredictable with quirky characters she brings you to love.
From the cover "There is no one quite like Barbara Kingsolver in contemporary literature. Her dialogue spark;es with sassy wit and the earthy poetry of ordinary folk's talk: her descriptions have a magical lyricism rooted in daily life but also on familiar terms with the eternal"
I read this book sometime ago but I recall that it left me with the distinct impression of how life happens when you're making other plans. it's a warm adventurous story with a great big heart and I recommend it highly!
A six-year-old girl witnesses an accident at the Hoover Dam while traveling across the country with her mother. This leads to a dramatic rescue and the little girl's "15 minutes of fame". However, this bit of fame leads to a crisis that threatens their small family. This book has wonderful, sympathetic characters and is beautifully written. (The author, Barbara Kinsolver, also wrote "The Poisonwood Bible".)
Barbara Kingsolver never lets me down. I enjoyed every word on every page of this book. There was really never a dull moment as I followed Taylor and her daughter Turtle on their journey for self preservation, while I loved all the people on the reservation and their way of life.
From the back of the book:
When 6 year old turtle Greer witnesses a freak accident at the Hoover Dam, her insisitence on what she has seen leads to a man's dramatic rescue. A deeply felt novel of love despite the risks, of tearing apart and coming together, Pigs in Heaven travels the roads from rural Kentucky to the urban Southwest, to Heaven, Oklahoma, to the Cherokee nation. As the spellbinding novel unfolds, it draws the reader into a world of heartbreak and redeeming love, testing the boundaries of family and the separate truths about the ties that bind.
I liked it- I can see them making a movie about it.
6 year old Turtle Greer witnesses a freak accident at the Hoover Dam, leading to a man's dramtic rescue. But Turtle's moment of celebrity draws he into a crises of historic proportions that will envelop not only her and her mother, Taylor, but everyone else who touches their lives in a complex web connecting their future with their past.
I love Barbara Kingsolver's books but I recommend that you read The Bean Trees first because it tells the backstory of the major characters. I got about half way through this book, enjoying it, but feeling like something was missing and that I didn't know all that I needed to know. Then I found out that Pigs in Heaven is a sequel!
When six-year-old Turtle Greer witnesses a freak accident at the Hoover Dam, her insistence on what she has seen and her mother's belief in her lead to a man's dramatic rescue. But Turtle's moment of celebrity draws
her into a conflict of historic proportions. The crisis quickly envelops not only Turtle and her mother, Taylor, but everyone else who touches their lives in a complex web connecting their future with their past.