Our Kind

A Novel in Stories

By Kate Walbert
(Scribner Book Company, Paperback, 9780743245609, 208pp.)

Publication Date: December 2004

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From the award-winning author of The Gardens of Kyoto comes this witty and incisive novel about the lives and attitudes of a group of women -- once country-club housewives; today divorced, independent, and breaking the rules.

In Our Kind, Kate Walbert masterfully conveys the dreams and reality of a group of women who came into the quick rush of adulthood, marriage, and child-bearing during the 1950s. Narrating from the heart of ten companions, Walbert subtly depicts all the anger, disappointment, vulnerability, and pride of her characters: "Years ago we were led down the primrose lane, then abandoned somewhere near the carp pond."

Now alone, with their own daughters grown, they are finally free -- and ready to take charge: from staging an intervention for the town deity to protesting the slaughter of the country club's fairway geese, to dialing former lovers in the dead of night.

Walbert's writing is quick-witted and wry, just like her characters, but also, in its cumulative effect, moving and sad. Our Kind is a brilliant, thought-provoking novel that opens a window into the world of a generation and class of women caught in a cultural limbo.




About the Author
Kate Walbert is the author of the novels "A Short History of Women", named a top ten best book by "The ""New York Times Book Review" and finalist for the "Los Angeles Times Book Prize"; "Our Kind", nominated for the National Book Award; and "The Gardens of Kyoto", winner of the Connecticut Book Award. Walbert's stories have been published in "The New Yorker", "The Paris Review", and the "O. Henry Awards", and have twice been included in "The Best American Short Stories".
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