Kind of Kin: A Novel

Kind of Kin: A Novel

by Rilla Askew


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062198808
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/21/2014
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 604,641
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.80(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Rilla Askew received a 2009 Arts and Letters Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She is the author of four novels, and has been nominated for the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Dublin IMPAC Prize, and is a three-time recipient of the Oklahoma Book Award.

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Diane Welsh

“I loved it!!! I stayed up until 4 in the morning … I couldn’t stop thinking about it. That is just one of the magical things about Rilla’s writing…A brilliant portrait of the world today. I just felt hopeful when I was finished.”

Adriana Trigiani

Kind of Kin is a kind of miracle. The character Sweet is an American original, doing her best to hold the family she loves together while trying not to fall apart. A winner.”

Ben Fountain

“Wonderful . . . Askew’s unflinching portrait of a family whipsawed from within and without is a story for our time. It’s proof of Askew’s flat-out genius that Kind of Kin is merciless, yet strangely full of mercy.”

Paul Ingram

Kind of Kin is beautiful, funny, politically alive and savvy. Askew does character like no American writer and her nuanced vision of the relationship between the Big Picture and the lives of regular Americans is unrivaled.”

Luis Alberto Urrea

“Bracing, startling, snort-out-loud funny, heart-rending, Kind of Kin addresses family function and dysfunction, religion, immigration. [Rilla Askew] suggests a very subversive thought. Perhaps we are all a kind of kin. No matter your politics, you will not soon forget this generous work of art.”

Emily Russo

Passionate, solid, and fair. . . Askew’s characters, whose viewpoints are all over the political map, are well-imagined, thoughtful, and treated with a kindness that is often lacking in the ongoing discussion of this ‘hot button’ topic. It deserves great applause.”

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Kind of Kin 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book immensely. It deals with an important issue, illegal immigration, with attention to both sides. The characters are developed sufficiently to make them either sympathetic or not. I couldn't put the book down and it left me thinking about the characters long after I finished. Unfortunately, I found the ending wholly unsatisfying. I turned the last page, not knowing it was the last page, and was stunned. It was if the deadline for the manuscript came and the author just submitted it as is. Now, I am not saying I need "happily ever after" endings tied up neatly with a bow. Perhaps she was setting us up for a sequel. If so, great! I'll read it.
kevway More than 1 year ago
Great. Just what we need -- a novel of pain and suffering induced by right-wing extremists. As if immigrants have a hard time living here.  My son  married a woman from El Salvador, who has a sister in L.A. My ex-wife married a "wetback" (it's OK, since I use it ironically) who was once stopped at the border and told to turn himself in later, but he never did and nobody ever pursued it So, I believe this book is a straw man argument  looking for perpetrators of evils that don't even exist.
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