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Us first Edition

3.4 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
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ISBN-10: 0615430465
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"Be warned: this book has the power to make even the most hard-hearted of readers shed a tear. …Kimball has broken into new territory: [US] is one of the most graphic depictions of illness and loss I have ever read."

--The Glasgow Herald

"Michael Kimball never ceases to astonish. He is a hero of contemporary fiction."

--Sam Lipsyte

"There are two books I can remember that ever made me physically cry. There were the rape scenes in Saramago's Blindness, and there was nearly every chapter of Michael Kimball's [US]. While the first hurt because it was so brutal, Kimball's was a softer kind of invocation--as I read it in a bathtub, I could not shake the feeling of being held, as if somehow the words had interlaced my skin. This is the essence of the magic Michael Kimball holds--his sentences come on so taut, so right there, and yet somehow so calming, it's as if you are being visited by some lighted presence."

--Blake Butler

About the Author

Michael Kimball: Michael Kimball is the author of three novels including "Dear Everybody" and "The Way the Family Got Away", which have been translated into a dozen languages, and "US". His work has been featured on NPR's All Things Considered, in Vice, and in The Guardian. www.michael-kimball.com
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Tyrant Books; first edition (June 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615430465
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615430461
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #857,135 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was not totally prepared for the intensity of this little book. It is written with acute precision...an elderly man is in the breathtakingly sad process of losing his beloved wife of probably 50 plus years. It is almost childlike in it's slow movement and plain, but heartbreaking, description of his excruciating journey. It is lovely...but for me, almost unbearably painful.
I have lost both of my parents in the last 5 years...in circumstances almost identical to this one...so I spent absolutely every minute with this book weeping profusely. Every page brought profound sadness. I am not one to normally be so vulnerable. I have no choice but to give the book 5 stars. It is indeed a little masterpiece. But it evoked such severe pain that I felt like I had removed my hand from being stuck in a car door when I finished.
This a a short, but extremely powerful book. Although I think it is wonderful,and perhaps should be required reading for young people and those in the caregiving profession...I must warn readers to be prepared to be devestated.
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I will keep my review sweat and short: this book is simply amazing. There much passion and pain that one is never really ready to endure, but must.
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Kimball's Us is a moving novel, it's simple yet it amazes you. As a reader, it keeps you up all day all night to continue reading what is going on in this mind of a loving husband.
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Although I found parts of this novella touching--particularly the dead and dying wife's voice-- it was just too sad. I've known deep loss and believe that with grief there can also be deep gratitude and remembrance of past joys. It all seemed flat to me. I suppose that was intentional but where were family and friends? Again, this great love likely excluded others according to Michael Kimball, but I felt there was an even greater attempt to emotionally manipulate the reader..
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Depressing and lovely at the same time. A story about a man losing his wife. It was touching to read how this man experienced the loss of his wife. Just so sad.
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