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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (61,243 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Barbara Kingsolver Narrator: C. J. Critt Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Clear-eyed and spirited, Taylor Greer grew up poor in rural Kentucky with the goals of avoiding pregnancy and getting away. But when she heads west with high hopes and a barely functional car, she meets the human condition head-on. By the time Taylor arrives in Tucson, Arizona, she has acquired a completely unexpected child, a three-year-old American Indian girl named Turtle, and must somehow come to terms with both motherhood and the necessity of putting down roots. Hers is a story about love and friendship, abandonment and belonging, and the discovery of surprising resources in apparently empty places.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An extraordinarily good novel, tough and tender and gritty and moving.”

    Anne Rivers Siddons, New York Times bestselling author

  • “As clear as air. It is the southern novel taken west, its colors as translucent and polished as one of those slices of rose agate from a desert shop.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “So wry and wise we wish it would never end…The chatty, down-home audacity of Barbara Kingsolver’s remarkable first novel hooks us on the first page.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “This funny, inspiring book is a marvelous affirmation of risk-taking, commitment, and everyday miracles…An overwhelming delight, as random and unexpected as real life.”

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Susan Wylie | 2/18/2014

    " Still my favourite of all her books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sherri | 1/30/2014

    " Not as good as subsequent Kingsolver novels, but I enjoyed the story and got wrapped up in the characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Roxanne Russell | 1/27/2014

    " A lovely story of a Kentucky girl who moves to Arizona and picks up an abandoned child along the way. It's laced with feminist and Anti-American Latin American policy messages, but delivers those through a curious and gentle narrative voice. She gives a human feel to victims of Latin American oppression while combining that message with one of silent but poignant Native American plight. The fathers in this story are noticeably absent with the exception of the Latin American childless father. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Devon | 1/24/2014

    " by the time she hits arizona i was more than hooked. a couple of tiny things bothered me...as a parent. i feel like you would know if your child could swim or not if you had her for a year and she was a baby when you got her. right? but as a whole i did not want to say good bye to the characters in the least. and there were definitely justice issues that hopefully will touch readers across the board. "

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