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Literature / Pigs in Heaven

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Pigs In Heaven is the sequel to The Bean Trees written by Barbara Kingsolver. It begins two years after the events of the first novel, where Taylor and Turtle live normal lives until a visit to the Hoover Dam sets a big chain of events that affect the two of them. After making an appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show, a scheming Cherokee lawyer Annawake Fourkiller sees and recognizes Turtle as a Cherokee child, and then initiates a campaign to bring Turtle back to her nation with her surviving relatives. Afraid of being separated from Turtle, Taylor makes a run for it across the nation while avoiding authorities. Meanwhile, her mother Alice starts to hook up with a Cherokee man named Cash Stillwater who turns out to be Turtle's biological grandfather.


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  • Adult Fear: Turtle being taken away from Taylor is what sets her to run from the law. In the end, she shares custody with Cash over Turtle because their families are connected through blood through Alice, who's Sugar Hornbuckle's second cousin.
  • Big Bad: Annawake Fourkiller can be seen as this, but she really only wishes the best for Turtle.
  • Demoted to Extra: Lou Ann Ruiz suffers from this.
  • The Ditz: Barbie. But she is Obfuscating Stupidity and really is a thief and counterfeiter.
  • Hero Antagonist: All Annawake really wants is what's best for Turtle and the Cherokee nation.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Annawake Fourkiller. Bonus points in that she's a lawyer. Also subverted in that the name's origin isn't quite so threatening. Her great-grandfather had four notches carved into his rifle, causing the assumption that he'd killed four men, when he was really just showing off that he had four children.
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  • Your Cheating Heart: Taylor's boyfriend Jax does this to her after she's on the run from the authorities.

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