Our Kind: A Novel in Stories
Harper Collins, 2007 - 208 páginas
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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LibraryThing ReviewComentário do usuário - nivramkoorb - LibraryThing
I find some of the reviews below interesting. It is as if they did not get the subtlety of the writing. Walbert forces the reader to think and challenges with observations that cause you to "Okay, I ... Ler resenha completa
OUR KINDComentário do usuário - Kirkus
Called "a novel in stories," Walbert's new entry (after The Gardens of Kyoto, 2001, etc.) starts slowly, then reaches high indeed.Walbert's first-person plural ("we") draws attention to itself in a ... Ler resenha completa