The Bean Trees


Kingsolver, Barbara. The Bean Trees. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 1988. Print.

ISBN: 978-0-06-210392

The Bean Trees

Written By: Barbara Kingsolver

Reviewed By: Christopher Carver

Recommended Audience: High School

The Bean Trees, by Barbara Kingsolver is a story about a girl named Missy, who grows up in Kentucky, and escapes the small-town life by avoiding pregnancy and earning money working at a hospital. She saved up her money to buy a car. She bought a Volkswagen Bug and leaves home after finishing high school. Missy decided to drive her car until it runs out of gas, and where ever she ended up, she would become a new person. She ended up in Taylorville, where she changed her name from Missy to Taylor.

Her car then broke down in Oklahoma, and she stops to eat at an old bar. As she is in her car about to leave, a woman comes up to the window and puts a “package” in the front seat of Taylor’s car, telling her to take it. Taylor goes to a hotel and takes care of this package. The rest of the book takes you through the journey that Taylor goes on with this package. She settles into a  Tuscon hotel and finds a job. From here the narrative switches to a different character. Taylor and this new character meet when Taylor quits her job and is looking for a new place to live. The room she finds is owned by this new character. They quickly become friends and the story continues.

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