The Beans of Egypt, Maine [NOOK Book]

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The Beans of Egypt, Maine introduced the world to the notorious, unforgettable Bean clan of small town Egypt, Maine—from wild man Reuben, an alcoholic who can’t seem to keep himself out of jail; to his cousins, the perpetually pregnant Roberta, and Beal, a man gentle by temperament but violent in defeat who marries his pious neighbor, Earlene Pomerleau before poverty kills him. Through her story of the Beans’s struggle with their inner demons to survive against hardship and societal ignorance, Chute emerged as a...
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The Beans of Egypt, Maine

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Overview


The Beans of Egypt, Maine introduced the world to the notorious, unforgettable Bean clan of small town Egypt, Maine—from wild man Reuben, an alcoholic who can’t seem to keep himself out of jail; to his cousins, the perpetually pregnant Roberta, and Beal, a man gentle by temperament but violent in defeat who marries his pious neighbor, Earlene Pomerleau before poverty kills him. Through her story of the Beans’s struggle with their inner demons to survive against hardship and societal ignorance, Chute emerged as a writer of immense humanity and unparalleled insight into a world most of us knew little of—if we’d recognized it at all.

"Her eye...for detail is superb, and her portrait of rural life and people are as vivid as anything in Steinbeck or Caldwell." -- Detroit News

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781555848163
  • Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/9/2008
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 406,058
  • File size: 274 KB

Meet the Author


Carolyn Chute is the author of five novels, The Beans of Egypt, Maine, Letourneau's Used Auto Parts, Snow Man, Merry Men, and the upcoming School on Heart's Content Road. She lives in Maine with her husband.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2001

    MEMORABLE! Very, very memorable!

    My daughter and I both read The Beans and LeTourneau's Used Auto Parts in the 80's when they first came out. We have kind of a secret language between us to describe things we see now. People have no idea what Bean people are, but we do. We have a collection of pictures from all over the country of trailers preferably with blue xmas lights on them that we have collected. My daughter now lives in a trailer and the first thing she did was put up the lights. She even has two dogs under the porch. Belated THANKS! to Ms. Chute for a very good, at least to us, book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2012

    Great srory Great story, atrocious formatting

    Loved the novel, and hope you will too. But shame on whatever lazy publisher obviously scanned a hard copy of this book and didn't bother to have a copy editor read through and clean up the many, MANY typographic errors and artifacts that resulted. Sloppy.

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  • Posted October 6, 2011

    Very interesting

    While my views are in exact contrast to the author's, there is no denying that she is a great writer who knows how to craft an interesting story. Highly recommended, not for the faint of heart.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2001

    Love the Beans

    You have to love the Beans, you just don't want to live next door to them. A good book, fun to read, amusing and depressing. Great characters. A fun way to spend some time in a comfy chair with some coffee or tea. I should read more by her.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2000

    To be Served With Cornbread

    In her diatribe on rural life in Maine Ms. Chute touches a chord that resonates across this land, called the U.S.of A. Her words emulsify the sheer and utter hopelessness people find themselves in by the misfortune of birth and circmstance. Her characters ring true and it was as if I found myself revisiting the rural insanity we found when we moved from the city. Don't be fooled by the rural setting though. This book is life as it is, has been and will be in rural, suburbia and city environs. Not for the squimish but a must read for the seekers of truth.

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