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3.46 out of 53.46 out of 53.46 out of 53.46 out of 53.46 out of 5 3.46 (13 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Rilla Askew Narrator: Rilla Askew Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2012 ISBN:
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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 10-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.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Grant | 1/21/2014

    " Interesting story, but I hate the way it provides such a pigeonholed representation of Oklahomans. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Janet Langhorst | 1/15/2014

    " I thought the subject matter was extremely timely, but the many threads of the story were sometimes hard to follow because they jumped back and forth so much. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eric | 1/1/2014

    " This is the best novel I've read in three years. It's brilliant, compassionate, funny, and quite serious about putting its very real characters through an all too plausible hell. And Rilla Askew is kind enough to see these people through that hell to the other side, in style. I love it when a major work of fiction is also good for a few laughs and a lot of rapid page-turning. Don't wait. Read it. Then spread the word. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tamela | 12/16/2013

    " This one came to me through the Bookmania 2013 list. This was a topic of current interest; sometimes it seemed to go all over the place but it could have been how eradicately I was reading it. Still, good writing, good characters and outcome. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sunbern | 12/12/2013

    " Every once in awhile I read a book and can't decide what I think about it. People living a hardscrabble life, illegals trying to get work, moronic politicians, ambitious media people, hard-working mothers - Didn't hit me as hard as it should have, considering the plot. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Louie Haltom | 11/12/2013

    " good book end left me hanging but realty often does that "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael | 11/10/2013

    " Interesting political, ethical and moral story that manages to speak of hope in the face of artifice for personal and political gain. The core of this story is about human authenticity; good, bad and/or mediocre. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kamlapati Khalsa | 11/6/2013

    " Personal, occasionally moving, story of the consequences of our current irrational immigration law. Love the Oklahoma vernacular and Sweet. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Autumnjs | 8/24/2013

    " I couldn't get into this book at all. I barely made it through part two and then skipped to the last part just to see what happened. The end didn't compel me enough to continue reading to fill in the gaps. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 5/27/2013

    " Good book. A little difficult to get into at first, but then I hated to put it down. Very timely. Wonderful depiction of the complexities of immigration and how real families are affected by stupid laws. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diann L'roy | 4/27/2013

    " This book has a message and is also excellent read. I loved the structure of the book and the multiple points of view. It is a book that I will read again because it is more than a plot. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Becky | 4/21/2013

    " Story could me more enthralling, it had all the elements and characters. I did not like the ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nat | 2/18/2013

    " As a liberal you'd think it would appeal to me in how it paints the immigration debate. But this is a book full of stock characters who all think exactly alike in print. It's maudlin, and contrived. Still, it's a good effort in some ways and I feel bad giving fewer than three stars. "

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