Taylor Greer and her adopted Cherokee daughter, Turtle, are on the run from Annawake Fourkiller, an attorney for the Cherokee Nation who is challenging Turtle’s adoption under the Indian Child Welfare Act.
As the Wikipedia page mentions, the book provides plenty of detail on the customs, history, and present living situation of the Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma. I knew nothing about any of these, and as well as illustrating all, Pigs in Heaven also provides food for thought on how opposing parties in a tug of love can both have the child’s best interests at heart.
One of Barbara Kingsolver’s earlier novels – and if you’ve enjoyed the later ones, there’s no reason not to enjoy this one too.
Author’s webpage: Pigs in Heaven – Barbara Kingsolver