Barbara Kingsolver grew up in rural Kentucky in a family that encouraged reading and nature study, but strongly discouraged TV-watching. She studied biology at DePauw University, then spent a few years working in Europe. Curious about the American Southwest, she came home to settle in Tucson, where she eventually pursued graduate studies in ecology at the University of Arizona. After graduate school she worked as a scientific writer and a freelance journalist and, eventually, became a full-time writer. Her first novel, THE BEAN TREES, was published in 1988 to much critical acclaim, and won awards from the American Library Association, PEN, and the American Booksellers Association, among others. In addition to fiction, Kingsolver has written articles on social and environmental topics.
"'The Bean Trees' is a story propelled by a marvellous ear, a fast-moving humor and the powerful undercurrent of human struggle....There are surprises in the book. There is adventure. and there is resolution, as believable as it is gratifying...."
"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."
"An extraordinarily good first novel, tough and tender and gritty and moving, with a wonderful particularity and taut Southwestern bite. Kingsolver's heroine is little short of magnificent."
From the Publisher
I have been afraid of putting air in a tire ever since I saw a tractor tie blow up and throw Newt Hardbine's father over the top of the Standard oil sign.
Taylor Greer leaves her poverty-stricken life in Kentucky and heads west, picking up an abandoned Native American baby girl whom she names Turtle and finds a new home in Tucson, in a text with additional writings of the author.
Taylor Greer, from rural Kentucky, buys a 1955 Volkswagen and drives west. Along the way, she picks up an abandoned 3-year-old Native American girl named Turtle, and by the time she pulls up at the Jesus Is Lord Used Tire Auto Repair Shop, Taylor is well on her way towards establishing an adventurous new life in the desert land of the Southwest.