The Bean Trees - Barbara Kingsolver

The Bean Trees

By Barbara Kingsolver

  • Release Date: 2009-03-17
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 4
From 397 Ratings


The Bean Trees is bestselling author Barbara Kingsolver’s first novel, now widely regarded as a modern classic. It is the charming, engrossing tale of rural Kentucky native Taylor Greer, who only wants to get away from her roots and avoid getting pregnant. She succeeds, but inherits a 3-year-old native-American little girl named Turtle along the way, and together, from Oklahoma to Tucson, Arizona, half-Cherokee Taylor and her charge search for a new life in the West.

Written with humor and pathos, this highly praised novel focuses on love and friendship, abandonment and belonging as Taylor, out of money and seemingly out of options, settles in dusty Tucson and begins working at Jesus Is Lord Used Tires while trying to make a life for herself and Turtle. 

The author of such bestsellers as The Lacuna, The Poisonwood Bible, and Flight Behavior, Barbara Kingsolver has been hailed for her striking imagery and clear dialogue, and this is the novel that kicked off her remarkable literary career.

This edition includes a P.S. section with additional insights from the author, background material, suggestions for further reading, and more.


  • The Bean Trees

    By Cycle Jim
    It helped to keep my committe guiet while I read.
  • Extremely boring, waste of money

    By Sacks davkn s
    Never ever read this s book. We had to read it for English class and it was super super boring and I never want to read it again
  • The Bean Trees!

    By jeeeeeeeeef
    This book was great: the protagonist is a strong person who chooses to persevere for the benefit of her adopted child who otherwise would never have had a chance. Language and imagery are both used to create a beautiful, relatable story of the American Dream.
  • Great book

    By Ania Victoria
    I am 13 years old, and had to read this book for school. It was one of the best books I have read in a long time. I would 100% recommend this book.
  • Touching, interesting, and bittersweet

    By Tlinq
    I read this in highschool years ago and have loved it ever since. I read it at least once a year and always find myself wishing more books were like it. Can't say enough good things about this book.
  • 100 Words or Less

    By JRubino
    The only memory I have of reading this novel 20 years ago is chasing my roommate around the apartment reading aloud, while she covered her ears and screamed for me to stop. Yeah, the prose is that stilted, hackneyed, predictable, and plain old lazy. The characters are flat. The situation is reworked from hundreds of other novels. The ending is stupid in its warm fuzzy falseness. Ugh. I guess I took it all too seriously. I suppose if you’re looking for a light, breezy, mindless read, this would work … but why? You have so many better options out there.
  • suprisingly good book, boring at first but i really loved it in the end

    By lalee37
    really great i recomend it
  • Odd. Interesting.

    By ANavlyt
    This book is quite good, it's very heartwarming and different. I would recommend reading this but watch out if your younger there are hardships and terrible saddening things in this book. it makes for a great story though!