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Pigs in Heaven (Greer Family #2)

3.95 of 5 stars 3.95  ·  rating details  ·  42,368 ratings  ·  1,571 reviews
A phenomenal bestseller and winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Award for fiction, Pigs in Heaven continues the story of Taylor and Turtle, first introduced in The Bean Trees.
ebook, 384 pages
Published March 17th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published 1993)
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Nov 05, 2014 Allison rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Cindy Ross-Katz, Marlene Dean
The funniest part about my adoration of Barbara Kingsolver is that my favorite book of hers is not The Poisonwood Bible. In fact, of the three books of hers I have read now, that is probably my least favorite. Prodigal Summer still probably ranks as my favorite, followed very closely by this one, Pigs in Heaven. My biggest disappointment upon finishing this novel occurred when I went back to the library to find another Kingsolver book and discovered that the only one they had was actually a preq ...more
I just couldn't get into this continuation of Taylor and Turtle's story despite how much I loved meeting them in The Bean Trees. Pigs in Heaven catches up with the ladies three years after the close of the last book. They are happy and living in Tuscon but when they take a trip to Hoover Dam their lives change. The Cherokee Nation learns of Taylor's not-quite-legal adoption of Turtle and cites the Indian Child Welfare Act to request her be returned to the tribe, sending Taylor into a panic. Tayl ...more

The story of a Cherokee child's adoptive mother's struggles to keep her daughter when the Nation wants the girl back.

No real villains here except the conflicting needs of multiple characters and for the sad but resourceful history. Also a vehicle to explore the Native American culture in contrast to and as a component of American culture.

Students of history can see similarities between the Cherokee and Scotch/Irish who ironically and tragically supplanted them in the Appalachians. La
I'm not sure what to think of this continuation of The Bean Trees. I have loved most of Barbara Kingsolver's books but I wasn't so crazy about this one. I still love her style of writing and I think that is the only thing that kept me moving through the book. The big downfall is that I didn't care for the The Bean Trees, the main character, Taylor, finds a three year old American Indian child in her car as she is driving cross country. She ends up adopting the little girl. In Pigs In ...more
I love Barbara Kingsolver, but this book was awful. Every character who passed through the pages was there to reinforce the "white man selfish" "Cherokee poor, but very love family" stereotype that the book beat you over the head with, page after page. The white guy the protagonist has a date with brings one apple on a picnic for three. The teenage Cherokee boy shows off the fish he's just caught to his grandmother and asks her to choose some - "a teenager showing love for his grandmother, shock ...more
Renee Porter
PIGS IN HEAVEN is the sequel to Barbara Kingsolver's book THE BEAN TREES. The novel continues the story of the Cherokee child named "Turtle" and her adoptive mother Taylor Greer. In this sequel, we find Turtle and Taylor living together in Tucson along with Taylor's boyfriend, a life that is not quite what would be called the most perfect of environments. They live in poverty, barely making ends meet. Although Taylor does her best, her income is limited, but she gives Turtle a lot of love, and a ...more
A sequel to The Bean Trees and I actually liked it better which is rare for me. The story centers around Taylor's illegal adoption of Turtle and the Cherokee nations attempt to get Turtle back. It studies the question of "best for the individual" vs "best for the group" and acknowledges both sides of the problem. The characters are very well written and developed. Barbara Kingsolver really takes you into the heart of her story. I also liked the exploration of what makes a family and how people n ...more
After my intense experience with The Bean Trees, there was no question that I would follow up with Pigs In Heaven as quickly as the library could deliver it to me. The audiobook is read by C J Crit, the same person who read The Bean Trees audiobook. That continuity was nice - it really felt like volumes one and two of the Taylor & Turtle chronicles. While I was relieved to have more of Turtle's story, and feel some kind of resolution of their family's story, I can readily admit that I prefer ...more
Heidi Schmidt
I'm a big fan of Barbara Kingsolver. As usual, this is many intertwined stories in one. This centers on the question of what defines a family? A horribly abused and orphaned Cherokee child is given to a stranger passing through a parking lot, and years later, the adoption is called into question. The Cherokee Nation must approve all adoptions of Cherokee children to non-Cherokee parents. So who's right? The adoptive mother who has loved and healed this child, or the nation that understands her h ...more
As a diligent reader of The Bean Trees, I still love the profound characters in the book, but was sorely disappointed with the idiotic choices made by one of the main characters. Taylor Greer’s suitable decision making capabilities seemed to disintegrate at a record eating pace. She broadcasts nationwide via the Oprah Show that her adopted Cherokee daughter (Turtle) was abandoned in her car. Legally it’s documented that Turtle’s birth parents willingly gave her to Taylor, so should we be at all ...more
I was looking forward to this sequel to The Bean Trees, which I quite liked. Taylor and her adopted Cherokee daughter Turtle are back, three years later. They got their 15 minutes of fame when 6-year-old Turtle witnessed an accident, saved somebody, and went on Oprah to talk about it. Unfortunately, a lawyer from the Cherokee Nation seaw Turtle on Oprah and threateed to disrupt Taylor and Turtle's happy life together.

I was so disappointed. The entire purpose of this book is to drive home The Poi
Pigs in Heaven
By Barbara Kingsolver
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pp. 436.

I read Kingsolver's Poisonwood Bible many years ago, before it became an Oprah book and I loved it. I loved her use of varying points of view and the voice of the children of the family and her description of life in the Congo. So, I purchased Pigs in Heaven and let it languish on my shelves for so many years that the pages turned yellow and it acquired that musty book smell that I adore. I am sure I would have let it languish there a few more y
Porscha Yount
This was the first Barbara Kingsolver I ever read. I had never heard of her, and I was 14, when the public library was having a discard sale. I liked the description on the back, so I picked it up. Maybe this started my love of Kingsolver... there's a good chance that's true. I think what really drew me in at that point was the story of a mother and a child who were trying to find themselves - and felt somewhat lost. I think I was feeling that way when I was 14 - I think most people feel lost wh ...more
If you're a fan of The Bean Trees, then you should definitely read this one. Is what I want to say, but I should add a disclaimer. Some suspension of disbelief (convoluted plot devices) was required and some readers won't be happy with the "discrimination" in the books (Cherokee good, white bad).

I personally had no problem with some plot contrivances to get the story going (witnessing a fall, get called by Oprah). I also liked how the author fleshed Taylor's character. While The Bean Trees port
I've loved watching Kingsolver's work evolve, though I certainly haven't read her in chronological order. I read Poisonwood, then Prodigal Summer, then her year of local eating before stumbling on Bean Trees and Pigs in Heaven. This sequel to The Bean Trees lives up to the original, maintaining a good, interesting pace, including some beautiful and poignant turns of phrase, and involving characters I recognize or want to know because they feel so real. From the beginning, Kingsolver has been a m ...more
Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
The sequel to The Bean Trees. The story starts three years later, and you get to find out what ultimately happens to Taylor and Turtle and Taylor's mother Alice. A little longer and more complicated than The Bean Trees, but just as enjoyable to read. I love all the interesting, unique characters and the way she weaves all of their lives together.
I'm a contemporary woman, devoted to the single life, but I just might consider marrying a man who would do that to his television for me! :)
Not her again...why have I tortured my self with so many Barbara Kingsolver books?
This is only my second encounter with Kingsolver's works and while I enjoyed the characters and especially her flair for dialogue, the storyline was a little bit predictable which in the end led to only two stars. It was only after I finished this novel that I learned that this book is a sequel so I missed out on the backstory. Taylor is a young woman living in Tuscon with her adopted Cherokee daughter Turtle and boyfriend Jax. While on vacation, Turtle sees an accident and is instrumental in ge ...more
This is the sequel to the wonderful novel, The Bean Trees. For some strange reason, the books do not label each other as sequels, but the so very much are.

Basic Summary: This picks up 3 years after the conclusion of The Bean Trees, when Turtle (who was thrust upon Taylor at a bar on the side of the road in Oklahoma) has fully settled into life with her Non-Indian mother in Arizona. Everything changes for them after Turtle is the only witness to a man falling down a spillway at Hoover Dam; an ev
This is a continuation of the story found in "The Bean Trees". Much longer, with many more characters, it presented a more 'complete' story line than Bean Trees.

The main characters of Taylor, Turtle and Alice have more depth. Here is a clearer example of strong, everyday women that I enjoy in Kingsolver books. I was very happily gobbling up this book until I hit the last 3rd. Here is where I felt there was such inexplicable behavior in one of the main characters that I felt I must of missed a se
Victor Carson
I have read most of Barbara Kingsolver’s novels, including her most recent, Flight Behavior, and the beginnings of the Taylor Greer story, contained in the novel The Bean Trees. I always like the author’s easy, unpretentious, humorous style, which does not at all conceal her artistic flair for poetic images and her common-sense understanding of human beings – good and bad. Pigs in Heaven continues the story in which Taylor Greer became a “foster mother” to a three year-old Cherokee Indian girl, ...more
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Wow! What a gem! This early Kingsolver displays a literary prowess virtually unmatched by any other living author. The story, of a woman fighting to keep her illegally adopted daughter and the efforts of a native American lawyer to reintegrate a lost member of her tribe, is heart-wrenching and beautifully written. The language and the descriptions not only carry one into this story, but also paint word pictures that are breathtakingly beautiful. Ms. Kingsolver has long been a favorite, and only ...more
A Cherokee lawyer contests Taylor Greer's adoption of a Native American girl, causing the frantic Taylor to flee from Arizona with her daughter. Meanwhile, Taylor's mother Alice visits her cousin on an Oklahoma reservation and gets introduced to Native American traditions and their extended sense of what defines family. They have to balance the tribal community rights with the fact that the young Cherokee girl needs the maternal love of her adoptive mother.

The book had great characters, colorful
Terri Padrick
Wow. A little book that includes The Trail of Tears, astronomy, and the culture of the Cherokee people living on land "given" to them by the government....while it certainly does not romanticize
their living conditions, it does honor the their history and culture.
It's eloquent, humorous, and a truly lovely story.
I am a big fan of Kingsolver but her 2 Turtle books, The Bean Trees and Pigs in Heaven, might be favorites.
Love these characters.
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Loved it the first time I read it, and the second time around confirmed Barbara Kingsolver as one of my favourite authors.
Turns out I am not a Barbara Kingsolver fan. I didn't like Poisonwood Bible and I didn't like this.
For years, I owned this The Bean Trees sequel, but not "Bean Trees" so while I'd read BT multiple times, I read this one many more times. In fact, while I was re-reading, Dh leaned over and said, "haven't you read that a million times?"
I'd forgotten how strident it was, and how predictable in many of the plot points were, and how little I'd remembered of the story. However, I still enjoy Kingsolver's writing, and consider this, even with the above issues, a good read.
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Barbara Kingsolver is an American novelist, essayist, and poet. She was raised in rural Kentucky and lived briefly in Africa in her early childhood. Kingsolver earned degrees in Biology at DePauw University and the University of Arizona and worked as a freelance writer before she began writing novels. Her most famous works include The Poisonwood Bible, the tale of a missionary family in the Congo, ...more
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