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The Kindness of Strangers (edition 2007)

by Katrina Kittle

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Title:The Kindness of Strangers
Authors:Katrina Kittle
Info:William Morrow Paperbacks (2007), Paperback, 393 pages
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The subject matter of this book (incest, child sexual abuse, suicide, and the death of loved ones) makes this book something that isn't for everyone. Kittle's characters mostly ring true, though the angry teen who so quickly morphs into the compliant, civic minded young man was a bit of a stretch. Her insight into the warped thinking of an abused child was provocative and sad. ( )
  LaineyMac | Nov 6, 2014 |
Another book (3rd one) I loved reading by this author. Although the subjects of child sexual abuse/incest and child pornography are sensitive and difficult, Katrina told this story with her usual compassion and grace. The characters are endearing, and the story is both heart wrenching and heartwarming. ( )
  LorettaR | Oct 10, 2014 |
Definitely not for every teen. But this amazing novel shows how healing kindness can save families, and how families can be made up of strangers with a commitment to care for one another. Much graphic content regarding child abuse and sexual slavery. Written for adults, but there are some teens who would enjoy this read.
  GR8inD8N | Apr 9, 2014 |
I liked this book. Fast paced, compelling story of a family who helps boy who has survived a terrible ordeal. ( )
  janismack | Jun 14, 2013 |
A mother and her two sons still getting over their grief for the death of their husband and father are thrown into a world where a little boy will change their lives yet again. Fellow readers, this book may be difficult to read on, but just like in life, there is a better ending to this horrific tale.
Katrina Kittle has written such a powerful book where a grief-stricken family gets thrown into the world of child pornography by a family close to them. You see the change, pain and growth of not only the mother, Sarah Laden, and her sons, Nate and Danny, but also of the little boy who suffered through so much abuse, Jordan. There were moments I found this book very difficult to read, so much that I had to put it down for a couple of days and then go back to it. Kittle writes in such a way that you really can't just abandon this family as they try to get through this tragedy, especially Jordan who was hurt the most. If you want a powerful read that will proves there is a happy ending, even in the most horrific times, then I recommend this book. ( )
  Clx.Bkwrm | Mar 11, 2013 |
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Beside a well, one does not thirst.
Beside a sister, one does not despair.
--Chinese proverb
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For Monica, Rick, and Amy Jia Schiffler
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Danny wondered if people looked at his family and knew.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0060564784, Paperback)

A young widow raising two boys, Sarah Laden is struggling to keep her family together. But when a shocking revelation rips apart the family of her closest friend, Sarah finds herself welcoming yet another troubled young boy into her already tumultuous life.

Jordan, a quiet, reclusive elementary school classmate of Sarah's son Danny, has survived a terrible ordeal. By agreeing to become Jordan's foster mother, Sarah will be forced to question the things she has long believed. And as the delicate threads that bind their family begin to unravel, all the Ladens will have to face difficult truths about themselves and one another—and discover the power of love necessary to forgive and to heal.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 14:05:33 -0400)

A young widow raising two boys, Sarah Laden is struggling to keep her family together. But when a shocking revelation rips apart the family of her closest friend, Sarah finds herself welcoming yet another troubled young boy into her already tumultuous life. Jordan, a quiet, reclusive elementary school classmate of Sarah's son Danny, has survived a terrible ordeal. By agreeing to become Jordan's foster mother, Sarah will be forced to question the things she has long believed. And as the delicate threads that bind their family begin to unravel, all the Ladens will have to face difficult truths about themselves and one another.......… (more)

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