Unfinished Friday – The Bean Trees
Barbara Kingsolver’s Poisonwood Bible is one of my favorites. I decided to check out her other novels, convinced I would be just as excited about them. But I’ve yet to find another Kingsolver novel that I liked nearly as much.
I grabbed The Bean Trees from the bookstore and eagerly got reading. The main character, Marietta Greer, leaves home, changes her name to Taylor and inherits a baby. At first, I was interested. Then, I was a little bored, but plugging away. Slowly, I was dreading picking it up. Finally, I gave up and put it aside. I’m not sure why really. Maybe the story moved a little slowly for me. Maybe I didn’t really like Marietta, AKA Taylor. Maybe I couldn’t relate (she up and leaves home without a dollar – that is way too irresponsible for me 🙂 ).
The Bean Trees wasn’t for me, but I still do love Kingsolver. I’ve heard great things about Prodigal Summer, The Lacuna and Animal, Vegetable, Miracle and will definitely be giving her another try.