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The Kinsman - A novel Paperback – June 10, 2011
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Gardner McKay was born in Manhattan, NYC. His early years were spent in France, New York, Connecticut and Kentucky. As a child, Gardner learned to sail. He loved the ocean; sailing was in his blood. His great-great-grandfather was Donald McKay, the builder of clipper ships. At age fifteen, Gardner published his first story. His plays have been performed in every state and internationally. His novel Toyer won critical acclaim upon its release in 1998 and is currently in pre-production for a major motion film. He had been a professional skipper, sculptor, photographer, college teacher, and actor, as well as a drama critic for the Los Angeles Herald Tribune. In addition to all that, he had raised African lions. In 1980, Gardner met and married Madeleine, his one and only wife; in 2001, he succumbed to cancer at their home in Honolulu, Hawaii. During his final year, Gardner wrote his memoir, Journey Without A Map, which was published posthumously in 2010. The Kinsman was written shortly before his death.
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Descriptions of sailing and races and weather are so vivid, you feel like you’re on the boat with them! Leaned lots about yacht racing and the society who makes it happen.
Characters run the gamut of emotions – despair, fear, elation, disappointment, growing love story, happiness, grief, but eventually, visions of better things to come.
At the beginning, you have to get through the blood and gore of the insane, brutal Rwandan genocide, which sets up the whole rest of the story, unlikely as it is. But it’s hard to put down, to come back to reality -- a really good read; as I said, just think “what if…” and enjoy the ride!
It's a book about sailing the America's Cup. But it's not. Not really. It's much deeper than that. It's a story of growth - One privileged but immature man coming into manhood; one small, war-torn nation coming into its own. It's also a quiet love story; and a not-so-quiet clash of classes.
Written in first person, it's the sort of book that Nelson DeMille would write if he retained his understanding of upper-class entitlement, but traded the sarcastic tone for a deepening conscience.
It opens with a man changed by his personal experience of the horrors of the 1994 Rwanda genocide. It ends with a boat, changed by name and a Rwandan crew changed by their shared experience.
As I said, it's a book about the America's Cup but, perhaps, not your typical sailing book. Personally, I hate sailing. But I sure loved this novel!
Gardner McKay was an extraordinary man, with extraordinary gifts of storytelling. This book, "The Kinsman" is a must read, as are all of his works. Don't miss out on his ability to take you out of your world into that of the fight, against all odds, of winning the America's Cup with an improbable crew of Rwandans.
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