The Bean Trees

The Bean Trees by Barbra Kingsolver is my second completed book of 2015.  It was from my list of suggested books.

the bean trees barbra kingsolver 2015 reading listThe whole point of the list of suggested books was to get me to read things out of my normal genres.  This is one such book.  If I had read the description of the book on my own, I would have called it boring and walked away.

This is a story about a woman.  A strong Kentucky woman who can only dream about getting out of her home county and the supposed dead end life she would have there.  She does get out, makes it all the way to Arizona, and deals with a few things that life throws her way.

The book was a little slow and sometimes even a bit boring, but I enjoyed seeing the development of some of the characters, in particular Turtle.  It isn’t written as an epic, or has a huge crisis, or anything else that some people would require in a book.  This is a simple tale of a life.

There isn’t anything too outstanding that would be worthwhile to mention.  I wasn’t overly attached to any of the characters, but I also didn’t dislike any of them.  The ending was predictable and yet had its own surprise that seemed rather out of character for Lou Ann (I know she’s meant to be a flighty character, but even that was a bit too much).

I gave this book a 3/5.  I liked it, but I didn’t love it.  It seemed rather neutral in my eyes, but was a good story in the end.

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