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 for putting down roots. Hers is a story about love and friendship, abandonment and belonging, and the discovery of surprising resources in apparently empty places.
About the Author
BARBARA KINGSOLVER is the author of eight works of fiction, including the novels The Lacuna, The Poisonwood Bible, Animal Dreams and The Bean Trees, as well as books of poetry, essays and creative non-fiction. Her only work of narrative nonfiction was the enormously influential bestseller Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life. In 2000, she was awarded the National Humanities Medal, and in 2011, the Dayton Literary Peace Prize for her body of work. She lives with her family on a farm in southern Appalachia.