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Kingsolver’s debut novel “The Bean Trees” tackles issues of oppression

I once began reading Barbara Kingsolver’s signature novel, “The Poisonwood Bible,” but I abandoned it after just a few pages. I felt sure that a lengthy book about an exceptionally dysfunctional family would only depress me. But after reading just a few pages in Kingsolver’s first novel, “The Bean Trees,” I knew I was in