With the passing of a new state law, it becomes a felony to harbor an undocumented immigrant in Oklahoma. So when Robert John Brown, a churchgoing family man and respected community member, is caught hiding a barnful of migrant workers with no papers, he is arrested and sent to prison. Meanwhile, his ten-year-old grandson Dustin tries to help the sole escapee of the raid reunite with his family, and his granddaughter, Misty, is struggling to raise her daughter alone after her husband, an illegal immigrant himself, has been deported. Then there's Brown's daughter Sweet, who finds her life unraveling: her father is refusing to speak in court to defend himself, her nephew is missing, her niece is in need of shelter, and the stress of it all is destroying her marriage.
Rilla Askew's brilliant, hilarious, and heartfelt novel follows a handful of complicated lawmakers and lawbreakers as workers are exiled, friends turn informers, and families are torn apart in a statewide exodus of Hispanics. In the end, Kind of Kin reveals how an ad hoc family, and an entire town, will unite to do anything necessary to protect its own.
Location: Street: 4022 Rio Grande Blvd NW City: Albuquerque, Province: New Mexico Postal Code: 87107-3157 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)… (more)
Author Rilla Askew & Actress BETH BRODERICK In Conversation Join us for an evening with award winning novelist Rilla Askew and acclaimed actress Beth Broderick. Askew and Broderick will talk about their shared history, their work, politics, social conscience, and Askew’s new novel Kind of Kin, which features an ambitious female lawmaker, a ruthless new immigration law, and a family and community torn apart by both. Afterwards Askew will sign copies of her books.
Kind of Kin, an IndieNext pick, received rave reviews in The New York Times Book Review and Huffington Post, is a recent New York Times Editors’ Choice selection, and has been featured in Parade magazine, Shelf Awareness and Readers Digest. A broadly appealing novel about people who want to do right and still do wrong, and people who do right in spite of themselves, Kind of Kin is the story of characters struggling to protect and provide for those they love most when a new state immigration law threatens an ordinary American family and throws a close-knit community into turmoil.
Rilla Askew received a 2009 Arts and Letters Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She is the author of four novels and has received the American Book Award, the Violet Crown Award from the Writers League of Texas, and has been nominated for the PEN/Faulkner Award and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. She is a three time recipient of the Oklahoma Book Award and two time recipient of the Western Heritage Award from the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum.
Beth Broderick made her motion picture debut in Stealing Home with Jodie Foster and Mark Harmon. She has appeared on the big screen in Psycho Beach Party, Bonfire of the Vanities, and Timber Falls, among other films, and has starred in a number of television series, including Sabrina the Teen-aged Witch and Hearts Afire. Broderick is also a tireless humanitarian, a founder of MOMENTUM, one of the country’s first organizations to help people with AIDS, a well-known essayist on political and social issues, and a featured contributor to the Huffington Post.
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Book Group Author Rilla Askew will be presenting and then signing copies of her latest novel, Kind of Kin, as well as her previous titles, including Harpsong and The Mercy Seat. You will not want to miss the chance to meet this acclaimed author. (added from Barnes & Noble)