The Bean Trees
Praise For The Bean Trees…
— Los Angeles Times
“As clear as air. It is the southern novel taken west, its colors as translucent and polished as one of those slices of rose agate from a desert shop.”
— New York Times Book Review
"An extraordinary good novel, tough and tender and gritty and moving."
— Anne Rivers Siddons
“So wry and wise we wish it would never end....The chatty, down-home audacity of Barbara Kingsolver’s remarkable first novel hooks us on the first page.”
— San Francisco Chronicle
"A major new talent. From the very first page, Kingsolver's characters tug at the heart and soul."
“An astonishing literary debut....For a deep breath of fresh air, spend some time in the neighborhood of The Bean Trees.”
"Idealistic and exhilerating, The Bean Trees is a book that combines the most careful craft with a moral code that is loving and expansive."
— Philadelphia Inquirer
“This is the story of a lovable, resourceful ‘instant mother,’ one who speaks, acts and learns for herself, becoming an inspiration to us all.”
“This funny, inspiring book is a marvelous affirmation of risk-taking, commitment and everyday miracles...An overwhelming delight, as random and unexpected as real life.”
— Publishers Weekly
Harper Perennial, 9780060915544, 256pp.
Publication Date: February 15, 1989
About the Author
Barbara Kingsolver is the author of nine bestselling works of fiction, including the novels, Flight Behavior, The Lacuna, The Poisonwood Bible, Animal Dreams, and The Bean Trees, as well as books of poetry, essays, and creative nonfiction. Her work of narrative nonfiction is the enormously influential bestseller Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life. Kingsolver’s work has been translated into more than twenty languages and has earned literary awards and a devoted readership at home and abroad. She was awarded the National Humanities Medal, our country’s highest honor for service through the arts, as well as the prestigious Dayton Literary Peace Prize for her body of work. She lives with her family on a farm in southern Appalachia.