Pigs in Heaven

Pigs in Heaven

A Novel

Book - 1993
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Baker & Taylor
When Turtle witnesses a freak accident at the Hoover Dam, her mother responds and a man's life is saved, but their lives are changed by the incident

Blackwell North Amer
When six-year-old Turtle Greer witnesses a freak accident at the Hoover Dam, her insistence on what she has seen and her mother's belief in her lead to a man's dramatic rescue. But Turtle's moment of celebrity draws her into a conflict of historic proportions. The crisis quickly envelops not only Turtle and her mother, Taylor, but everyone else who touches their lives in a complex web connecting their future with their past.
A deeply felt novel of love despite the risks, of tearing apart and coming together, Pigs in Heaven travels the roads from rural Kentucky and the Urban Southwest to Heaven, Oklahoma, and the Cherokee Nation. Along the way it introduces a vivid cast of characters, including Jax, Taylor's insecure boyfriend, who plays in a band called the Irascible Babies; Barbie, a perky young woman who has modeled her life on Barbie the doll, except for her habit of crime; Alice, Taylor's mother, who is on the verge of leaving a silent husband whose idea of partnership in marriage is to spray WD-40 on anything that squeaks; and Annawake Fourkiller, an idealistic young attorney for the Cherokee nation, who must learn to reconcile the truths in her heart with those in her head.
As this spellbinding novel unfolds, it draws the reader into a world of heartbreak and redeeming love, testing the boundaries of family and the many separate truths about the ties that bind. With Pigs in Heaven, Barbara Kingsolver has given us her wisest, most compelling work to date.

& Taylor

When Turtle witnesses a freak accident at the Hoover Dam, her mother responds and a man's life is saved, but their lives are changed by the incident. By the author of Animal Dreams. 100,000 first printing. $125,000 ad/promo. Tour.

Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, c1993.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780060168018
Branch Call Number: KIN
Characteristics: 343 p. ; 24 cm.


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Sep 02, 2018

I so enjoy B. Kingsolver's ability to tell a story and incorporate so many details from various cultures, history and everyday situations. Her prose is spot on and her characters are witty, articulate and engaging. Taylor, Alice and Turtle continue their adventures.

Apr 14, 2018

"Myths are myths. They're good if they work for you, and bad if they don't."

May 02, 2017

rich discussion of important issues highly personalized with real characters. Great writing.

Mar 03, 2015

Pigs in Heaven is a very moving and poetic (but not in your face, abstract, oh-I'm-so-poetic way) book. I loved it. Barbara Kingsolver is my new favourite author.

Jun 24, 2014

Beautiful story. I really enjoyed this novel and its predecessor "The Bean Trees."

Dec 08, 2013

Good book. Because it was not as long or involved as PRODIGAL SUMMER AND FLIGHT BEHAVIOR it almost seemed like a short story to me though it certainly ended on a satisfying note.

dotdeangelo Feb 06, 2012

Read this when it first published. I still think of Turtle.

Aug 22, 2010

A great story! Barbara Kingsolver is an awesome writer, and I like her books, especially "Animal Dreams".


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