"the bean trees" was a good read. i finished it in a day, mainly because i was in a reading mood. i enjoyed getting to know the characters and hoped for good things in their lives. the main character, taylor, leaves poverty and a small town in kentucky for the open road in a beat up '55 volkswagon bug. along the way she becomes a foster mom to a native american toddler in a tiny roadside diner on the plains of oklahama, and then settles in tucson, arizona where we meet the rest of the cast of characters. on the downside, i felt like the author tried to work in way too many societal issues. it got to the point where they cluttered up the story line. i feel like if you create characters with enough depth, they speak for themselves and society.
genre: societal fiction setting: Kentucky and Arizona in the mid 80's reading level: adult, high school