Little Big Girl

TITLE: PIGS IN HEAVEN

AUTHOR: BARBARA KINGSOLVER

PUBLISHER: HARPERCOLLINS; 343 PAGES; $22

THE BOTTOM LINE: An on-the-road novel picks up some delightful characters while avoiding culture clash.

Heaven in the title of Barbara Kingsolver's new novel is not paradise but a small town in Oklahoma, probably not far from where the Cherokee infant girl was abandoned in Taylor Greer's car in Kingsolver's first novel, The Bean Trees.

Pigs in Heaven picks up five years later. Taylor and the baby, whom she has adopted and named Turtle, are admiring the WPA sculpture at Hoover Dam, when the child spots a man tumbling...

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