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									Kate WalbertKate Walbert
Author of the acclaimed novel The Gardens of Kyoto, playwright and professor Kate Walbert turned her eye on the women of the 1950s for her 2004 National Book Award–nominated novel, Our Kind.

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Kate Walbert
Current Home:
New York, New York, and Stony Creek, Connecticut
Place of Birth:
New York, New York
M.A. in English, New York University

2004 National Book Award Finalist

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								Our Kind: A Novel in Stories, Author: 
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Our Kind: A Novel in Stories
by Kate Walbert
From the award-winning author of The Gardens of Kyoto comes a witty and incisive novel about the lives and attitudes of a group of women -- once country-club housewives, now divorced, independent, and breaking the rules. Walbert masterfully conveys the dreams and realities of a group of women who came into the quick rush of adulthood, marriage, and childbearing during the 1950s.

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She Is Woman

In an interview with, Walbert talked about the pervasive gender generalizations that still exist in literature: "In even the most favorable review, if I'm going to be compared to another writer, I'm never compared to a male writer, only a female writer," she explains. "And you'll find that in reviews across the board. Men are compared to men. Women are compared to women. Why? It's very strange to me. So I think that's more of the block that women are up against as writers. I think it's more the education of the public, and the reading, and finding critics who take women seriously."

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Gardens of Kyoto
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"In Kate Walbert's exquisite novel of love, loss, and memory, the story is like a beautiful origami figure -- just that delicate, but even more alluring because you are invited to do the folding yourself," novelist Ann Packer said of Walbert's acclaimed debut novel set in the aftermath of World War II and the Korean War.

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								My Antonia, Author: 
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My Antonia
by Willa Cather
"What I really love about Willa Cather (and William Maxwell does the same thing)... they both write about very simple things, and they both write what might be said -- in a somewhat pejorative way -- domestic novels. I'm always looking for novels that take what I think of as simple situations and somehow write sentences that turn that situation into something that's much larger," Walbert explains.

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