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
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
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.
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
The first ever Barbara Kingsolver that I read was The Bean Trees, which I liked immensely. So I resolved to get hold of another BK book and when I saw Pigs in Heaven in my favorite book shop, Booksale, I bought it without any hesitation.
Pigs in Heaven turns out to be a sequel to The Bean Trees and I loved it as well. It is wonderful to see Taylor Greer now all grown up and mature and her daughter Turtle able to ta...more
Nowhere near as good as its precursor, The Bean Trees. Kingsolver adds far, far too many new characters to this story in different places with different plot lines and then shows off how clever she is by having them all nearly end up in the same place and/or related to each other by blood, marriage or plot.
It’s hard to care about all these new folks when I got into the story to root for Taylor and Turtle. Even Taylor is rolling her eyes and being all Jeez, can we drop some of these extraneous c...more
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