Mrs. Kimble by Jennifer Haigh
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“Beautiful, devastating and complex.” —Chicago Tribune

The award-winning debut novel from Jennifer Haigh, author of BakerTowers, The Condition, and Faith, tells the story of Birdie, Joan,and Dinah, three women who marry the same charismatic, predatory, and enigmaticopportunist: Ken Kimble. Resonating with emotional intensity and narrativeinnovation reminiscent of Ann Patchett’s Bel Canto, Barbara Kingsolver’s The Poisonwood Bible, and Zora Neale Hurston’s TheirEyes Were Watching God, Haigh’s Mrs. Kimble is a timeless story ofgrief, passion, heartache, deception, and the complex riddle of love.

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Jennifer Haigh is the author of four critically acclaimed novels, Faith, The Condition, Baker Towers, (winner of the L. L. Winship/PEN New England Award for Fiction), and Mrs. Kimble, for which she won the PEN/Hemingway Award. Her short fiction has been published widely, including The Atlantic, Granta, Best American Short Stories 2012, and other publications. She lives in the Boston area.
Published January 6, 2004 by Harper Perennial. 394 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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After their marriage, Ken enters the real-estate business under the patronage of Joan’s uncle, while Joan tries to have a baby despite her doctor’s warning that pregnancy could spur a recurrence of cancer.

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The three women who successively marry Ken Kimble all believe they've found the perfect partner, and all are proven wrong in Haigh's uneven debut.

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Dinah, the third Mrs. Kimble, had at one time been a babysitter for Ken and Birdie and a chance encounter leads to a relationship.

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This is his impact on his first wife, Birdie, having done little but exist as her choir director in Bible college and offer her sympathy about her asthmatic condition: She wanted to lift her skirt and show him her knees, decorated with childhood scars;

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The title refers to the first, second and third wives of scumbag minister-turned-magnate Ken Kimble.

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