- Kingsolver, Barbara. The Bean Trees. New York: Harper Collins, 1988.
The Question and Answer section for The Bean Trees is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
The cigarette burns play a part because they give proof of torture and physical abuse.
Lee Sing says that having a girl is like feeding the neighbor's New Year pig—all your care goes into something that will end up with another family. This is a misogynistic way of saying that girls hold no worth to a father. They merely take up...
Turtle does talk to Cynthia, the social worker, about the "bad man" and how Edna Poppy "popped him one." Cynthia is supportive. Cynthia proves herself helpful and shows confidence in Taylor's ability as a mother.