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Mrs Kimble

(2003)
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Sometimes a book can be utterly full of holes and you still can't put it down. In Mrs. Kimble, first-time novelist Jennifer Haigh follows the marital career of Ken Kimble, opportunist, serial husband, and all around schmuck. The first section, set in Virginia in the 1960s, revolves around alcoholic first wife Birdie. As we enter the story, Kimble has already left her alone with two small children she is ill equipped to raise on her own. Kimble's absence in this section sets the tone for the book, which is not so much about Kimble himself as it is about the women he dupes over the years. Next up is Joan, a Newsweek reporter recovering from a mastectomy at her late father's home in Florida. A wealthy, confident woman left unsteady by breast cancer, she falls for Kimble, who now turns up in a hippie-ish incarnation. In the final section, Kimble weds Dinah, who had been his children's babysitter back in Virginia. Their marriage unravels as, at the end of the book, Kimble's secrets are revealed one by one. Unfortunately, the central secret of the book is never laid bare: how did the man get to be such a jerk? Other problems are never dealt with, either: we never believe a whip-smart woman like Joan could be so transparently snow-jobbed. We never understand why Dinah stays with an aging crook. Nevertheless, Mrs. Kimble is still engrossing. Haigh is so gifted at creating vivid scenes and strong characters, we find ourselves surrendering our disbelief despite our better judgment. This isn't the terrific book it might have been, but it's still a superior read. --Claire Dederer

Genre: Literary Fiction

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Hardback Editions

January 2004 : USA Library Binding

Title: Mrs. Kimble
Author(s): Jennifer Haigh
ISBN: 0-613-92605-6 / 978-0-613-92605-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: San Val
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February 2003 : USA Hardback
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Title: Mrs. Kimble: A Novel
Author(s): Jennifer Haigh
ISBN: 0-06-050939-2 / 978-0-06-050939-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: William Morrow
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Paperback Editions

May 2011 : USA Paperback
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Title: Mrs. Kimble: A Novel (Harper Perennial Modern Classics)
Author(s): Jennifer Haigh
ISBN: 0-06-206261-1 / 978-0-06-206261-1 (USA edition)
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May 2011 : Paperback
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Title: Mrs. Kimble: A Novel (Harper Perennial Modern Classics)
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December 2005 : USA Paperback
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Title: Mrs. Kimble
Author(s): Jennifer Haigh
ISBN: 0-06-085878-8 / 978-0-06-085878-0 (USA edition)
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April 2004 : UK Paperback
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Title: MRS KIMBLE
Author(s): Jennifer Haigh
ISBN: 0-00-715086-5 / 978-0-00-715086-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins
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January 2004 : USA Paperback
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Title: Mrs. Kimble: A Novel
Author(s): Jennifer Haigh
ISBN: 0-06-050940-6 / 978-0-06-050940-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper Perennial
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May 2003 : UK Paperback
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Title: Mrs. Kimble
Author(s): Jennifer Haigh
ISBN: 0-00-716233-2 / 978-0-00-716233-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins
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2003 : USA Paperback
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Title: Mrs. Kimble
Author(s): Jennifer Haigh
ISBN: 0-06-053516-4 / 978-0-06-053516-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Morrow/Avon
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Audio Editions

January 1975 : USA Audio Cassette

Title: Mrs. Kimble SP: A Novel
Author(s): Jennifer Haigh
ISBN: 0-06-074348-4 / 978-0-06-074348-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: HarperAudio
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January 2006 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: Mrs. Kimble
Author(s): Jennifer Haigh
ISBN: 0-7927-3540-4 / 978-0-7927-3540-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: BBC Audiobooks
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January 2006 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Mrs. Kimble
Author(s): Jennifer Haigh
ISBN: 0-7927-3859-4 / 978-0-7927-3859-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: BBC Audiobooks
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November 2004 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Mrs. Kimble
Author(s): Jennifer Haigh
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November 2004 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Mrs. Kimble
Author(s): Jennifer Haigh
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November 2004 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Mrs. Kimble
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February 2003 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: Mrs. Kimble: A Novel
Author(s): Jennifer Haigh
ISBN: 0-06-053097-9 / 978-0-06-053097-6 (USA edition)
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February 2003 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Mrs. Kimble
Author(s): Jennifer Haigh
ISBN: 0-06-053098-7 / 978-0-06-053098-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harperaudio
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Kindle Editions

October 2009 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Mrs. Kimble
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