The women in The Bean Trees portray feminist views shared by Kingsolver. They are strong, resilient women living in an imperfect world in late twentieth-century America. Their endurance, strong relationships, and commitment to their nontraditional families are paramount to their survival within the confines of society.The women in the novel are ordinary, decent women. Their concerns, similar to those of most single women, include how to survive on very little income, how to keep their children clothed and fed, and how to keep a job and care for their children at the same time. Kingsolver considers these women heroes. They persevere in spite of the trials and tribulations they face, and discover resources in totally unexpected places.Kingsolver's women survive with each other's help. The interdependent relationships that develop
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