The Bean Trees | Study Guide

Barbara Kingsolver

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Overview

Author

Barbara Kingsolver

Year Published

1988

Type

Novel

Genre

Fiction

Tense

The Bean Trees is told primarily in the past tense.

About the Title

The Bean Trees refers to the name that Taylor Greer's adopted, vegetable-loving daughter Turtle gives to wisteria trees, a member of the bean family (Fabaceae) that produces long, bean-like seed pods. The symbiotic relationship between wisteria trees and rhizobia, microorganisms that live in the root system and form an invisible supportive network for the tree, provides a metaphor for the network of friends, neighbors, and fellow refugees that support Taylor and Turtle in their life together.

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