Kind one : a novel

by Hunt, Laird.

Format: Print Book 2012
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Monroeville Public Library Fiction HUNT Laird
Location  Monroeville Public Library
Collection  Fiction
Call Number  HUNT Laird
Finalist for 2013 PEN/Faulkner Award

"There is always a surprise in the voice and in the heart of Laird Hunt's stories, with its echoes of habit caught in a timeless dialect, so we see the world he gives us as if new. 'You hear something like that and it walks out the door with you.'"--Michael Ondaatje

"Laird Hunt's Kind One , about two slave girls who take their white mistress into captivity, is a profound meditation on the sexual and racial subconscious of America. . . . [A] gorgeous and terrifying novel."--Danzy Senna

As a teenage girl, Ginny marries Linus Lancaster, her mother's second cousin, and moves to his Kentucky pig farm "ninety miles from nowhere." In the shadows of the lush Kentucky landscape, Ginny discovers the empty promises of Linus' "paradise"--a place where the charms of her husband fall away to reveal a troubled man and cruel slave owner. Ginny befriends the young slaves Cleome and Zinnia who work at the farm--until Linus' attentions turn to them, and she finds herself torn betweenher husband and only companions. The events that follow Linus' death change all three women for life. Haunting, chilling, and suspenseful, Kind One is a powerful tale of redemption and human endurance in antebellum America.

Laird Hunt is the author of several works of fiction and a finalist for the 2010 PEN Center USA Award in Fiction. Currently on the faculty of the University of Denver's creative writing program, he and his wife, the poet Eleni Sikelianos, live in Boulder, Colorado, with their daughter, Eva Grace.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Glinting at times with the simple, ominous beauty of a murder ballad, at other times this novel wallows in trauma and threatens to sink. It is told in four parts, and all but one achieve a quick, fierce poignancy; the second, longest part becomes unwieldy and unbalances the whole. This part is told by Ginny, a young bride in antebellum Kentucky. Married at 14, she moves to her husband's pig farm and descends into a nightmare of violence, slavery, incest, and pedophilia. She is abused; she becomes complicit in the abuse of others; she becomes the abused again. The novel's initial affecting naivete and simplicity shifts, during her winding testimony, toward an indulgent, Faulknerian delirium that bloats and obscures excessively. One wishes the other parts a brief, beautifully told tragedy seemingly unconnected to the body of the novel, and later the perspectives of one of the former slave girls Ginny abused and was abused by, and of that woman's nephew after her death might have been given some of the space that was granted in excess to Ginny.--Kinney, Meg Copyright 2010 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Hunt tells an unforgettable tale of the savagery of antebellum America in his haunting newest (after The Impossibly). Married off at a young age to her mother's second cousin, the teenaged Ginny quickly discovers that her new husband's Kentucky pig farm isn't the bucolic idyll she'd been promised. Linus quickly devolves from promising spouse to abusive master of his wife as well as two of his slaves, Cleome and Zinnia, whom the lonely Ginny befriends. But Linus isn't content to man the slaughter alone: "He said if we were all going to eat pig. then we ought to kill it. The years went by and we ate and ate and so we killed and killed." Eventually, Linus's reign of violence impels Ginny to starting raising her own hand against Cleome and Zinnia. But when Linus suddenly dies, the slave girls turn the tables on their brutal mistress and keep her shackled in a shed next to Linus's decaying body. Though the chronologically disjointed story is relayed through the points of view of several characters, Hunt deftly maintains an unsettling tone and a compelling narrative that will linger with readers long after the last page. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."

Additional Information
Subjects Married people -- Fiction.
Slaveholders -- Fiction.
Kentucky -- Fiction.
Historical fiction.
Suspense fiction.
Publisher Minneapolis [Minn.] :Coffee House Press,2012
Edition 1st ed.
Language English
Description 211 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm
ISBN 9781566893114 (pbk.)
1566893119 (pbk.)
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