Laird Hunt - Kind One
| Colfax Avenue: Called “one of the most talented young writers on the American scene today” by Paul Auster, Laird Hunt has a highly praised book of stories and four genre-bending novels to his credit: The Paris Stories, The Impossibly, The Exquisite, Ray of the Star and Indiana, Indiana. Hunt will read from and sign his critically acclaimed new novel Kind One (Coffee House Press), a haunting, suspenseful tale of redemption and human endurance in antebellum America. |
As a teenage girl, Ginny marries a distant cousin, Linus Lancaster, and moves to his Kentucky farm "ninety miles from nowhere." In the shadows of the lush Kentucky landscape, Ginny discovers the empty promises of Linus's "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 turns his attentions to them.
"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
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