Kind of Kin by Rilla Askew

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What might have been a political polemic or a partisan pitch in the hands of a lesser writer, Rilla Askew’s fourth novel is a study in the categories and contradictions that dissolve families, dissect communities, and split nations.
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In Kind of Kin by award-winning author Rilla Askew, when a church-going, community-loved, family man is caught hiding a barn-full of illegal immigrant workers, he is arrested and sent to prison. This shocking development sends ripples through the town—dividing neighbors, causing riffs amongst his family, and spurring controversy across the state.

Using new laws in Oklahoma and Alabama as inspiration, Kind of Kin is a story of self-serving lawmakers and complicated lawbreakers, Christian principle and political scapegoating.

Rilla Askew’s funny and poignant novel explores what happens when upstanding people are pushed too far—and how an ad-hoc family, and ultimately, an entire town, will unite to protect its own.

 

About Rilla Askew

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Rilla Askew is the author of four novels. She received a 2009 Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and has been nominated for the PEN/Faulkner Award, the Dublin IMPAC Prize, and twice received the Oklahoma Book Award. She divides her time between upstate New York and Oklahoma.
 
Published January 8, 2013 by Ecco. 435 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Jonathan Evison on Jan 25 2013

What might have been a political polemic or a partisan pitch in the hands of a lesser writer, Rilla Askew’s fourth novel is a study in the categories and contradictions that dissolve families, dissect communities, and split nations.

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