The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver

In my eyes, this is a fairly typical Kingsolver novel. It features strong female protagonists and characters, a connection to or metaphors with the land, and a quiet and satisfying ending.

I keep reading Kingsolver’s books because I find her characters to be well drawn out. They are often similar women, but the words and their thoughts seem realistic. They are human. They aren’t perfect, but I often want to be their friend. They have tragedies and in this one, the protagonist is surrounded by it. She makes the best of it with her baby girl Turtle.

These novels aren’t exactly feel good because of the emotional and mental realism of the characters. I can rely in Kingsolver ending the novel with hope and a good resolution. Her endings are not flashy ones. They are candid yet important endings for the characters.

I will continue to read her novels though my favourite book of hers is the nonfiction Animal, Vegetable, Miracle and I didn’t really love The Poisonwood Bible as much as everyone else. I do relate to Kingsolver’s ethos with the land and being connected to both people and it.

Read January 12th-13th, 2015.

2 thoughts on “The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver

  • lazycoffees

    The Bean Trees is a great book but The Prodigal Summer remains my favorite, I smile ever time I remember that I ended up thinking the coyote was the most wonderful animal in the world.

    • athena (Post author)

      Hi lazycoffees! I think Prodigal Summer is my favourite novel of hers too. I think it’s quintessential Kingsolver novel. Thanks!


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