Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Pigs in Heaven by Barbara Kingsolver *****

Taylor Greer is driving west from the mountains of Kentucky to some unknown surprise of something better, or at least different, to the west. Outside a bar in Oklahoma, a women given her a three-year-old girl, whose mother has died and he been seriously abused. These two make their way to Tuscon and together embark on a rocky road to mutual recovery. Three year later, Anna Fourkiller, a Cherokee lawyer from Oklahoma, threaten to separate mother and child for some greater good.

As I am held in the thrall of Pigs in Heaven of by Barbara Kingsolver, I notice something surprising about this book: No bad guys! Every character, in a book full of interesting characters - mostly family folks ("All families are weird") - grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins, lots of cousins - is likeable. With so many writers falling back on good-vs-evil, it is wonderful to read a story of nice people making their way through life.

An excellent book to read when the world is seeming to me an incurable mess.

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