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Pigs in Heaven by Barbara Kingsolver
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Nov 20, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: winter-2011, contemporary-fiction, series, oklahoma, arizona
Read from February 17 to 21, 2012

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 situations, and quite a bit of humor. Barbara Kingsolver writes wonderful dialogue which make her characters seem so real and endearing, even with all their human faults. I did feel that the author did gloss over the problems of alcoholism, unemployment, absence of healthcare, and lack of good schools in many reservations while mostly focusing on the warm extended family relationships and the Native American rituals.
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