Kind One

Kind One

Title:Kind One
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781566893114
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:211 pages

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 between her 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.


    Kind One Reviews

  • John

    Laird Hunt has shown a fondness for fictional experiment & he has something of an expat’s background — lots of time abroad & fluency in French — but for his breakthrough as a novelist he’s com...

  • v a l k i l l p a c k

    Laird Hunt explores themes of race and slavery, their consequences of abuse and violence, as well as questions of sexuality and incest. The novel tells these cogent tales with beautiful, dark imagery,...

  • Dustin Kurtz

    Laird, even when he writes about Portugese longing and Dutch fish-men, is a powerfully American voice. This novel comes back to that, in an antebellum tale that will remind some of Morrison's Beloved....

  • Sarah Schantz

    To read this book is to be haunted by both ghosts and the living alike. This is a book about human nature, both good and bad. It is a piece of historical fiction just as much as it is a book of myth, ...

  • Matthew Landis

    This novel takes you to a dark place and (almost) leaves you there. Told primarily from the perspective of Ginny, a fourteen-year-old girl who marries the abusive, slave owning Linus Lancaster, Kind O...

  • Lisa Guidarini

    Gorgeous. Gritty. Spare prose. Gin is married to Linus Lancaster, her mother's second cousin and a much older man, when she's still just a teenager. He promised her parents he lived in a mansion with ...

  • Holly

    Kind One was one of five nominees for the 2013 PEN/Faulkner Award but it won't get the number of readers it deserves. It's a small novel like Train Dreams, Tinkers, and Lord of Misrule, and like those...

  • Zack

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  • Anne Brown

    Told through the voices of five narrators, this book is mostly about the story of Ginny, Ginestra Lancaster, later know as Scary Sue. When her mother’s second cousin, Linus Lancaster, visits her par...

  • Larry

    “I’d seen the sister kick a slow goat in its teeth. I didn’t stay to have any of my own kicked out.”It’s difficult to summarize this one. There’s a lot of meanness in “Kind One,” a sto...