Pigs in Heaven: Novel, A

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Harper Collins, Mar 17, 2009 - Fiction - 384 pages
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Picking up where her modern classic The Bean Trees left off, Barbara Kingsolver’s bestselling Pigs in Heaven continues the tale of Turtle and Taylor Greer, a Native American girl and her adoptive mother who have settled in Tucson, Arizona, as they both try to overcome their difficult pasts.

Taking place three years after The Bean Trees, Taylor is now dating a musician named Jax and has officially adopted Turtle. But when a lawyer for the Cherokee Nation begins to investigate the adoption—their new life together begins to crumble.

Depicting the clash between fierce family love and tribal law, poverty and means, abandonment and belonging, Pigs in Heaven is a morally wrenching, gently humorous work of fiction that speaks equally to the head and the heart.

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

 

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User Review  - gypsysmom - LibraryThing

This is a truly wonderful book but then I've come to expect no less of Barbara Kingsolver. It tells the story of Turtle, a young Cherokee girl, who was handed to a young white women in a parking lot ... Read full review

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User Review  - Lylee - LibraryThing

The continuing story of Taylor and Turtle involves new and previously known characters. If you were missing them, you get to know them better, as well as learn more about the connection between Taylor and Turtle. Read full review

Contents

Queen of Nothing
4
A Mean Eye
11
The True Stories
24
Lucky Buster Lives
31
The Secret of TV
45
Thieves of Children
51
A World of Free Breakfast
65
A More Perfect Union
73
Natural Systems
182
Chewing Bones
189
The War of the Birds and Bees
197
Skid Road
208
Welcome to Heaven
224
Secret Business
243
Wildlife Management
246
Picking
262

The Pigs in Heaven
83
The Horses
95
Someone the Size of God
112
The Twilight Zone of Humanity
129
The Church of Risk and Hope
141
Fiat
151
Communion
157
Marooned
163
Treasure
171
Old Flame
271
Family Stories
284
Surrender Dorothy
298
The Secret of Creation
310
Six Pigs and One Mother
316
Hen Apples
327
The Snake Ukten
334
The Gambling Agenda
346
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Barbara Kingsolver's work has been translated into more than twenty languages and has earned a devoted readership at home and abroad. She was awarded the National Humanities Medal, our country's highest honor for service through the arts. She received the 2011 Dayton Literary Peace Prize for the body of her work, and in 2010 won Britain's Orange Prize for The Lacuna. Before she made her living as a writer, Kingsolver earned degrees in biology and worked as a scientist. She now lives with her family on a farm in southern Appalachia.

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