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Publisher: Scribner (2004-03-23)
ISBN-10/ISBN-13: 0743245598 / 9780743245593
Amazon.com Sales Rank: 1989596
A 2004 Vacation Reading (selected by The New York Times)
“A novel in stories, collectively narrated by women who came of age before 1960, the last educated generation to miss out on feminism; to know that the natural order made career and family incompatible; to choose, almost exclusively, motherhood. Now they are about to die off in a novel that zealously and successfully grapples with the passage of time.”
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.
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