The Question and Answer section for The Bean Trees is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
Chapter One's title, The One to Get Away, foreshadows Marietta's (Taylor's) escape from the poverty of Pittman County in order to begin a new life.
Taylor calls Red Hot Mama's a salsa sweatshop. Lou Ann seems to love her job because she's learning everything she could ever want to know about peppers. She's also enthusiastic about new recipes and the health benefits.
Taylor's mother is an excellent mentor for her daughter. She is encouraging, strong, and demanding..... she teaches her daughter to go out and get what she wants..... not to settle for less. Alice inspires her daughter when she needs a push and...