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Pigs in Heaven (Greer Family #2)

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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

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Paperback, 352 pages
Published December 31st 2007 by Faber and Faber (first published 1993)
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Allison
Oct 10, 2008 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
Nicole
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
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
Eliece
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
jess
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
Kim
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, shocki...more
Kendra
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 story...in 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
Heidi
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...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
Charlotte
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
Booknblues
Pigs in Heaven
By Barbara Kingsolver
4 stars
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...more
Lyn
This was a really good book. 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 t...more
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
Emily
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! :)
Nicole
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
Tima
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...more
Sherrie
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...more
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
Pat
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Mark
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
Connie
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...more
Elise
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Stephanie
Turns out I am not a Barbara Kingsolver fan. I didn't like Poisonwood Bible and I didn't like this.
Liz
Not her again...why have I tortured my self with so many Barbara Kingsolver books?
Mimi
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.
Tahleen
When 6-year-old Turtle becomes an unlikely hero and winds up in the news, her existence is brought to the attention of the Cherokee Nation. This leads her adoptive mother, Taylor, to pick up and go with her daughter in order to keep her. But of course, there is always more to it than that.

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
Rebecca
I loved the characters in The Bean Trees so much, I couldn't wait to find out what happened to them. I loved this book. I loved getting to know Taylor's mother better. I loved all the quirky characters we met on the reservation. This book was very different than the first, but I was expecting it to have something to do with the illegal adoption of Turtle coming back to bite Taylor. I knew a little bit about the Indian Child Welfare Act from my years working for child protection, but I never had...more
Lynai
This book is just as beautiful as The Bean Trees. Review coming up.

REVIEW UPDATE:
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
Kara

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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