Kind One

Kind One

A Novel

Book - 2012
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Finalist for 2013 PEN/Faulkner Award

"There is always a surprise in the voice and in the heart of Laird Hunt's stories, with its echoes of habit caught in a timeless dialect, so we see the world he gives us as if new. 'You hear something like that and it walks out the door with you.'"--Michael Ondaatje

"Laird Hunt's Kind One , about two slave girls who take their white mistress into captivity, is a profound meditation on the sexual and racial subconscious of America. . . . [A] gorgeous and terrifying novel."--Danzy Senna

As a teenage girl, Ginny marries Linus Lancaster, her mother's second cousin, and moves to his Kentucky pig farm "ninety miles from nowhere." In the shadows of the lush Kentucky landscape, Ginny discovers the empty promises of Linus' "paradise"--a place where the charms of her husband fall away to reveal a troubled man and cruel slave owner. Ginny befriends the young slaves Cleome and Zinnia who work at the farm--until Linus' attentions turn to them, and she finds herself torn betweenher husband and only companions. The events that follow Linus' death change all three women for life. Haunting, chilling, and suspenseful, Kind One is a powerful tale of redemption and human endurance in antebellum America.

Laird Hunt is the author of several works of fiction and a finalist for the 2010 PEN Center USA Award in Fiction. Currently on the faculty of the University of Denver's creative writing program, he and his wife, the poet Eleni Sikelianos, live in Boulder, Colorado, with their daughter, Eva Grace.

Publisher: Minneapolis : Coffee House Press, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781566893114
Branch Call Number: F Hun


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May 04, 2017

I loved this book! Laird Hunt has created some of the most wonderful idioms and metaphors ever written. I experienced deep delight in the dialog of Neverhome's characters, and more than once had "milk spewing from the nose" moments of laughter at the twists of phrase that were brilliantly wrought. I will read this book again, and recommend it to others as a rare gem of modern American prose.

Apr 25, 2013

This author can pack a lot of story into very few pages. The writing was to be admired, although at times it was hard to see the big story. It was like trying to see a beautiful view through a keyhole. The story left me dissatisfied at the end but I still thought the writing was excellent.


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