PIgs in Heaven

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PIgs in Heaven



As a sequel to The Bean Trees Barbara Kingsolver’s Pigs in Heaven continues the story of
Taylor and Turtle. The main events of the story start at the Hoover Dam where an illegally
adopted six-year-old Cherokee kid, Turtle, saved the life of a man who fell off from the
dam. This incident brings Turtle and her mother Taylor not only great recognition, but
also to the attention of Annawake Fourkiller, a young Cherokee lawyer in Heaven, Oklahoma.
Fourkiller finds out that the adoption of Turtle was illegal. Annawake decides to bring to
Taylor’s attention the question of Turtle being much happier with her native tribe than
with the mother. Taylor becomes afraid of losing Turtle and leaves to Seattle. Turtle’s
adoption problem also causes Taylor’s mother, Alice Greer, to take a trip to Heaven,
Oklahoma. Alice is Taylor’s “lawyer”, but also finds her true love, Cash. Because of many
problems, Taylor comes back to Heaven. The settlement of the adoption problem is tolerable
and satisfying. Turtle not only “wins back” Taylor, but also meets her grandfather, Cash.
Now, according to the decision of the court judge, Turtle will live with Taylor nine
months in Tucson and the summer she will spend with Cash and his future wife, Alice. This
means Turtle will learn both white and Indian cultures.

One important theme that was introduced to the novel was optimism by Taylor. She went
through so many problems such as being robbed and also having the possibility of having
her child taken away from her. She also worked very hard to support Turtle and herself.
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