Mrs. Kimble (Paperback)
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The award-winning debut novel from Jennifer Haigh, author of BakerTowers, The Condition, and Faith, tells the story of Birdie, Joan,and Dinah, three women who marry the same charismatic, predatory, and enigmaticopportunist: Ken Kimble. Resonating with emotional intensity and narrativeinnovation reminiscent of Ann Patchett’s Bel Canto, Barbara Kingsolver’s The Poisonwood Bible, and Zora Neale Hurston’s TheirEyes Were Watching God, Haigh’s Mrs. Kimble is a timeless story ofgrief, passion, heartache, deception, and the complex riddle of love.
Jennifer Haigh is the author of the short-story collection News from Heaven and six bestselling and critically acclaimed novels, including Mrs. Kimble, Faith and Heat and Light, which was named a Best Book of 2016 by the New York Times, The Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal and NPR. Her books have won the PEN/Hemingway Award, the Massachusetts Book Award and the PEN New England Award in Fiction, and have been translated widely. She lives in New England.
“Clever…Haigh has certainly succeeded in creating a trio of memorable characters. The three Mrs. Kimbles—a deserted housewife, a frustrated feminist and a disappointed mother—present the whole gamut of family values gone awry.” — Washington Post Book World
“An affecting tale of the power of a charismatic predator and the acquiesence of his victims…sharply observed.” — Boston Globe
“The talent evident in this novel is stunning. The question is not whether Haigh might turn out to be a good writer. Rather, we have the intriguing possibility that the next great American author is already in print.” — Fort Worth Star-Telegram
“I read Jennifer Haigh’s novel straight through. . . caught up in the world of three women who marry the same duplicitous man. . . . The Mrs. Kimbles are hard to put down.” — USA Today
“Luminous...A beautiful novel with memorable vibrant characters.” — Booklist
“Vivid and moving…The book’s detail-packed, omniscient point of view makes it a guilty pleasure for readers who love to snoop on the woman next door. . . . Mrs. Kimble exists as a work of unique poignancy. Read it to grieve with its characters, to sit with them as they struggle to go on in their troubled worlds, and to cheer them when they somehow find the way.” — Buffalo News
“Haigh has created three women undermined by their own vulnerabilities, and their stories raise the ageless questions of why smart women do stupid things; why good women are drawn to bad men. Haigh can only suggest the answers, but she makes you understand why these three women all were eager to become the wives of the mysterious Mr. Kimble.” — Hartford Courant
“At turns beautiful, devastating and complex, Mrs. Kimble explores the interplay between deception and vulnerability, betraying Haigh’s ambitious talent in the process.” — Chicago Tribune