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The Bean Trees is told primarily in the past tense.
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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