Kind of Kin by Rilla Askew is a novel that hits the tri-fecta of goodness (that’s a real thing) – it has fantastic writing, three-dimensional characters and relevant issues, in this case the contentious politics of our society. Within a compulsively readable story, Askew addresses religion, immigration and civil rights, making this book perfect for meaty discussions (book club members, I’m looking at you).
You know who loves it? Just a little someone named Adriana Trigiani (wha???). She had this to say about it:
“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.”
Kind of Kin is also a great example of what libraries can do when they support a novel. The Pioneer Library System in Norman, Oklahoma is just one system in the state that is planning to do massive community outreach, booking events with reading groups and churches, and hosting author visits at different branches.
I would suggest getting your hands on a copy tout de suite, and luckily that's easy enough because it is on Edelweiss.