Pigs in Heaven (Greer Family #2)
Six-year-old Turtle Greer witnesses a freak accident at the Hoover Dam, leading to a man's dramatic rescue. But Turtle's moment of celebrity draws her into a crisis of historical proportions that will envelop not only her and her mother, Taylor, but everyone else who touched their lives in a complex web connecting their future with their past. With this wise, compelling n...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 ...more
I was so disappointed. The entire purpose of this book is to drive home The Poi ...more
By Barbara Kingsolver
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 ...more
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! :)
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 ...more
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 ...more
The book had great characters, colorful ...more
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 ...more
So.. after I finished reading this book, I realized several things:
During Annawake's research into Turtle's adoption, did she never come across the Two-Twos? Estevan and Esperanza pretended to be Turtle's birth parents to finalize the adoption in The Bean Trees... and this was never mentioned in Pigs in Heaven.
Lou Ann discovered that Turtle's given name was April... which was never addressed in Pigs in Heaven. Sure, Turtle's birth name wasn't April, but did Taylor never wonder abo ...more
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.
Overall same general feeling as the Bean Trees. Great characters, some truly clever writing that at times makes you chuckle out loud. Not necessarily because it's hilarious but because it's just a really well written observation or way of putting som ...more
This book explores what it means to be family, and the lengths some will go for theirs. Kingsolver also writes about the hardships and heartaches that many Native Americans had to go through in recent generatio ...more
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