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Mrs. Kimble: A Novel Paperback – December 27, 2005
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The first Mrs. Kimble is Birdie, a woman of the 50's who falls apart when he leaves her for a young girl. She becomes a wino and neglects her two children, Charlie and Jody. The second Mrs. Kimble is Joan, a bright and savvy career woman who is devastated when she is diagnosed with breast cancer. Her mansion, her obvious wealth, and her family connections are enticing to the highly duplicitous Ken Kimble. The third Mrs. Kimble is the physically damaged Dinah, a woman half his age who bears him a son, Brendan, whom he neglects and serves merely as a trophy wife for him to trot out when needed.
Throughout the three marriages, we are privvy to the life of firstborn son Charlie and the effects the father he barely remembers have on him. This empathetic character grows into manhood carrying the baggage of his youth, yet becomes a port in the storm to someone who needs shelter as much as he does.
The three Mrs. Kimbles give the reader a look into traditional and non-traditional family values as well as answering a lot of questions about why women marry and why they make the choices they do. The novel is totally engrossing and packs a powerful message on the vulnerability of women.
There are hints that Ken Kimble is someone obsessed with the surface of things, never able to fully engage in the messiness of life. Ironically, his legacy is one of messiness: his wives, children, and business affairs are a tangled web of his deceit. There is bitter frustration for the reader in seeing how easily he can pull some of these things off. Sadly, there are a lot of Ken Kimbles out there. Readers may be compelled to draw on their own experiences with such sociopaths.
Highly recommended... I picked this for my book club and think it will garner good discussion.
This is an incredible first novel. The writing is assured and occasionally beautiful. Charlie Kimble, the elusive Ken Kimble's son, is rendered stunningly, from childhood through adulthood. There are narrative gaps--the story jumps ahead by years, sometimes decades, but it is all carried off seamlessly. The three Mrs. Kimbles are fully and convincingly developed. The fact that Ken Kimble is not does not bother me in the least, as we see him through the eyes of the wives and child who never fully know him.
I was most impressed by the deeply satisfying ending. I'm looking forward to Ms. Haigh's next effort (no matter what the cover looks like).
It's simply fascinating watching it all unfold. You tend to forget it's fiction!
A highly original work from a writer who promises much.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I got sucked in to this one pretty easily, but just as quickly became irritated by the main characters. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Kristin Scott
Writers should never underestimate the value of a book's jacket; the three dresses on hangers immediately drew me to MRS. KIMBLE. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Susan
I read this for my book club. I don't know why it was written. it is just a rambling of three different women that married one man. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Terese DeLuca
While it kept me entertained and enthralled, there was a feeling of overall disappointment with te book's ending.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
It is like 3 separate stories of marital relationships linked by one husband. The author describes the wooing process of each wife, but the husband always remains an enigma. Read morePublished 2 months ago by michele acobas
Had high expectations and while the story moved along, it was not exhilarating or insightful in the way I'd hoped when I started it. In all, it was a disappointment.Published 3 months ago by J. Shaw