In Pigs in Heaven by Barbara Kingsolver, Turtle Greer, a young Cherokee girl, and her adoptive mother Taylor take a trip to the Hoover Dam where Turtle witnesses the fall of a man down a spillway. Turtle saves the day, and she and her mother get to go on the Oprah Winfrey Show. Annawake Fourkiller, a lawyer for the Cherokee Nation, sees Turtle on the television and is convinced that Taylor illegally adopted Turtle and stole her from the Nation. Annawake goes to speak with Taylor, and the threat of losing her daughter sends Taylor into a panic that takes her and Turtle on the run across the southwestern United States.
I enjoyed this book far more than I had expected to. It's beautifully and realistically written, and it moves along at a nice, steady pace. At the end everything tied together clearly and perfectly, and I was glad to see that I didn't have to flip back through the pages to to find out where exactly this little piece of information came from, or who was who or any of that. This is an excellent story about the lengths a mother will go through to keep her daughter, and a daughter who is growing up.
I gave this book 4/5 stars.