The Question and Answer section for The Bean Trees is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
Taylor has a childhood memory of Newt Hardbine’s father getting thrown in the air by an exploding tire. This shakes the narrator to the core and she vows to leave her poverty stricken hometown as soon as she can get out.
Whatchapter are you referring to?
The novel is being told in first person by Taylor Greer. After Taylor heads west, there is a fairly chronological unity of time. Although the setting changes, the book generally follows a traditional plot structure.