Kind of Kin

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Ecco Press
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5.32 X 8.1 X 1.04 inches | 0.7 pounds

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About the Author
Rilla Askew is a novelist, essayist, and short-story writer known for her award-winning historical fiction. Fire in Beulah, her novel about the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, received the American Book Award. Her Dust Bowl novel, Harpsong, received the Oklahoma Book Award, and her essay collection, Most American: Notes from a Wounded Place, was long-listed for a PEN America Literary Award. She is Associate Professor of English at the University of Oklahoma. To learn more about her work, visit
"Wonderful . . . Askew's unflinching portrait of a family whipsawed from within and without is a story for our time. It's proof of Askew's flat-out genius that Kind of Kin is merciless, yet strangely full of mercy."--Ben Fountain, author Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk
"I loved it!!! I stayed up until 4 in the morning ... I couldn't stop thinking about it. That is just one of the magical things about Rilla's writing...A brilliant portrait of the world today. I just felt hopeful when I was finished."--Diane Welsh, Barnes & Noble, Cedar Rapids, IA
Passionate, solid, and fair. . . Askew's characters, whose viewpoints are all over the political map, are well-imagined, thoughtful, and treated with a kindness that is often lacking in the ongoing discussion of this 'hot button' topic. It deserves great applause."--Emily Russo, Greenlight Bookstore, Brooklyn, NY
"The nature of this wonderful novel is, like the characters, raucous, messy, uncertain and foolishly brave. Askew's story is brilliant and a most timely look at who is welcome into our lives and how we express and share compassion even while times are tough and language is a barrier."--Sheryl Cotleur, Book Passage, Corte Madera, CA
"Askew writes a very compelling family drama that features a very hot subject these days-immigration, illegal and otherwise. Religion, civil rights, extended families, and the economic struggles of blue collar families all come into play in this multi-layered novel of life in Oklahoma."--Jackie Blem, Tattered Cover Book Store, Denver, CO
"Compelling...this novel is rich, rewarding, and humane."--Publishers Weekly
"Vividly authentic . . . Askew has crafted an uncannily real cast of characters . . . A winner for book clubs...Askew's sensitive and humanizing treatment of this hot-button issue is sure to provoke thought and discussion no matter what readers' political leanings may be."--Shelf Awareness
"Askew's novel delivers the unexpected. It has moments both funny and sublime."--Denver Post
"The end result is a novel as ambitious as it is complex: Askew deftly weaves multiple points of view into a narrative that's spacious, messy and, above all, honest."--Kansas City Star
"What might have been a political polemic or a partisan pitch in the hands of a lesser writer, Rilla Askew's fourth novel....personalizes [immigration]...exploring with a deft hand and an unflinching moral vision the gray areas of an argument so often presented in black and white."--New York Times Book Review
"Intelligent and gripping...Askew's strength as a novelist is just this; through an accretion of believable detail and judgment-free descriptions, she creates characters in whose fate you can't help but become invested."--Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Askew deftly weaves these storylines together to create an engaging read."--Tulsa World
"Written in the rawboned, heartfelt and often funny prose that has defined much of her [Askew's] earlier acclaimed works on the Great Plains...Extraordinary novel."--Huffington Post
"Askew has created a realistic and compassionate reflection of the people who populate our neighborhoods and our nation today."--Seattle Times
"Kind of Kin is a kind of miracle. The character Sweet is an American original, doing her best to hold the family she loves together while trying not to fall apart. A winner."--Adriana Trigiani, bestselling author of The Shoemaker's Wife
"Kind of Kin is beautiful, funny, politically alive and savvy. Askew does character like no American writer and her nuanced vision of the relationship between the Big Picture and the lives of regular Americans is unrivaled."--Paul Ingram, Prairie Lights, Iowa City, IA
"Bracing, startling, snort-out-loud funny, heart-rending, Kind of Kin addresses family function and dysfunction, religion, immigration. [Rilla Askew] suggests a very subversive thought. Perhaps we are all a kind of kin. No matter your politics, you will not soon forget this generous work of art."--Luis Alberto Urrea, author of Queen of America
"Askew deftly weaves together a narrative that foregrounds a number of important contemporary issues: religion, immigration, the economy and the effect of all of these on family life."--Kirkus Reviews
Kind of Kin is about how we are all connected and how we might transcend barriers of race and fear. Askew's astonishing ending, which, like life, is messy and incomplete, and so filmic, you might find yourself casting the characters.--San Francisco Chronicle
"Kind of Kin is equally full of grace, humor and much love for Oklahoma and its people. A contemporary classic, this novel is an ideal choice for book clubs and anyone with a love of character-driven, lyrically written and issues-oriented fiction."--Tulsa Book Review
"Kind of Kin does not disappoint. In fact, it is so good, so cogent and poignant and dead-on perspective, I would very much like to make it required reading for anyone who harbors strong opinions on immigration policy, on either side of the metaphorical border."--Dallas News
"A brilliant evocation of Heraclitus's axiom that character is fate-an ironic evocation she both confirms and turns on its head...Askew immerses us in the frightening dynamics of every situation while illustrating the focused moral prescience of a novelist of superb acumen."--Jewish Book World