Our Kind A Novel in Stories Author:Kate Walbert 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... more » 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.« less
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I HAVE TRIED TO READ THIS BOOK SEVERAL TIMES, I JUST CAN'T GET INTO IT. THE AUTHOR JUMPS SO MUCH IN THIS BOOK THAT IT CAUSES CONFUSION WHEN READING. VERY HARD TO FOLLOW. I DON'T SUGGEST AN ATTEMPT IF YOU ARE LIKE ME AND HAVE A SHORT ATTENTION SPAN. BASICALLY SHE HAS COMPILED A SHORT NOVEL OF EVENTS THAT OCCUR IN THE LIVES OF WOMEN WHO ARE HITTING MENOPAUSE SO TO SPEAK IF NOT ALREADY GONE THROUGH THE CHANGE OF LIFE. THAT IS ABOUT AS MUCH AS I CAN TELL YOU OF WHAT THIS BOOK IS ABOUT. I RECKON IF YOUR OLDER IT WOULD MAKE MORE SENSE, BUT I AM ONLY 26. GOOD LUCK!
Linked stories of East Coast women friends as they marry, have children and age. Will bring back memories if you were a bride in the 50s (or help you understand your mother). Well reviewed in NYT, Chicago Tribune and Boston Globe