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Thursday, July 24, 2008

The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver

This is a moving novel about Taylor Greer and her journey to nowhere. On the way, she was handed a baby of undetermined age. She raised her as her own. Her friends and acquaintance are colorful and remarkable. It's a tragedy that I had to listened to this book with half an ear, but I enjoyed myself thoroughly when I could pay attention. This book is highly recommended by anyone who had ever read it. I find this novel to be gritty, and not my type. I like cheerful, funny novels with love story and happily ever after. I like them as Susan Elizabeth Phillips writes them. I like happy-ever-afters kind of story. This one's realistic enough to be very uncomfortable. I guess that is what makes it such a great book.

I think my favorite Kingsolver book so far is The Poisonwood Bible. That was also a gritty novel, but it's epic about a family of missionary in Africa. It's so well developed, I can't help falling in love with it.

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