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Kind of Kin: A Novel Kindle Edition
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“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.” (Ben Fountain, author Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk)
“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.” (Diane Welsh, Barnes & Noble, Cedar Rapids, IA)
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.” (Emily Russo, Greenlight Bookstore, Brooklyn, NY)
“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.” (Paul Ingram, Prairie Lights, Iowa City, IA)
“The nature of this wonderful novel is, like the characters, raucous, messy, uncertain and foolishly brave. Askew’s story is brilliant and a most timely look at who is welcome into our lives and how we express and share compassion even while times are tough and language is a barrier.” (Sheryl Cotleur, Book Passage, Corte Madera, CA)
“Askew writes a very compelling family drama that features a very hot subject these days-immigration, illegal and otherwise. Religion, civil rights, extended families, and the economic struggles of blue collar families all come into play in this multi-layered novel of life in Oklahoma.” (Jackie Blem, Tattered Cover Book Store, Denver, CO)
“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.” (Luis Alberto Urrea, author of Queen of America)
“Compelling...this novel is rich, rewarding, and humane.” (Publishers Weekly)
“Askew deftly weaves together a narrative that foregrounds a number of important contemporary issues: religion, immigration, the economy and the effect of all of these on family life.” (Kirkus Reviews) --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
From the Back Cover
With the passing of a new state law, it becomes a felony to harbor an undocumented immigrant in Oklahoma. So when Robert John Brown, a churchgoing family man and respected community member, is caught hiding a barnful of migrant workers with no papers, he is arrested and sent to prison. Meanwhile, his ten-year-old grandson Dustin tries to help the sole escapee of the raid reunite with his family, and his granddaughter, Misty, is struggling to raise her daughter alone after her husband, an illegal immigrant himself, has been deported. Then there's Brown's daughter Sweet, who finds her life unraveling: her father is refusing to speak in court to defend himself, her nephew is missing, her niece is in need of shelter, and the stress of it all is destroying her marriage.
Rilla Askew's brilliant, hilarious, and heartfelt novel follows a handful of complicated lawmakers and lawbreakers as workers are exiled, friends turn informers, and families are torn apart in a statewide exodus of Hispanics. In the end, Kind of Kin reveals how an ad hoc family, and an entire town, will unite to do anything necessary to protect its own.--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B0089LONH8
- Publisher : Ecco; Reprint edition (January 8, 2013)
- Publication date : January 8, 2013
- Language : English
- File size : 1088 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 437 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0062198793
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #849,627 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The author has a firm grip on the concept of personal freedom buoyed by personal faith in its myriad 3rd millennium guises. Freedom is the constant undertone, and every principle character is stirred to at least begin the journey toward becoming free; freedom from poverty, from banality, from conformity, freedom to love, freedom to feel secure, up to and including freedom from the falseness of not taking a stand until circumstances demand a stand be taken. Faith in something greater than themselves, whether it be in God or in the ordinary goodness of the human spirit, is the common mainspring that propels the novel's characters to seek freedom for themselves, even as politics grinds away at them.
It's a stirring story that manages to speak of hope in the face of artifice for personal and political gain. Such is the stuff of seeking freedom anywhere on the planet, and certainly reason enough to have, and grow, faith.
I related to her people for many reasons, most having little to do with geography. Sweet wants to do right, human right, even Christian right, but gets confused and overwhelmed, unable to control outcomes, however valiantly she keeps trying to, as one problem piles on another. Sweet's feelings swirl, but 10-year-old Dustin's are intense, focused on one serious concern at a time.
I had difficulty getting much else done, because I didn't want to stop reading. I expected the spiritual depth to unfold with clarity (I've read Askew before), but - not that the book would be the page-turner, the thriller that this is.
Yet there is a warm humor as well, with the fat, media-hungry sheriff Holloway (Sweet knows him from high school) and the vain, power-hungry legislator Monica Moorehouse (NOT an Oklahoman, she shudders! And her Charlie, oh my!).
Plus there is sweetness in Luis, and firmness with Bob Brown (Sweet's Daddy), Pastor Oren (who knows his Bible) and even Juanito.
This is not a book that pushes an issue - unless that be pro-humanity, human complexity, and how - things can get out of hand for practically everybody. I loved it.