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Our Kind

(2004)
A Novel in Stories
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Awards
National Book Award for Fiction Best Book (nominee)
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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Hardback Editions

March 2004 : USA Hardback
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Title: Our Kind: A Novel in Stories
Author(s): Kate Walbert
ISBN: 0-7432-4559-8 / 978-0-7432-4559-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Scribner
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Paperback Editions

December 2004 : USA Paperback
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Title: Our Kind: A Novel in Stories
Author(s): Kate Walbert
ISBN: 0-7432-4560-1 / 978-0-7432-4560-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Scribner
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

November 2007 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Our Kind: A Novel in Stories
Author(s): Kate Walbert
Publisher: Scribner
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA