Next of Kin

Next of Kin

Book - 2001
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Joanna Trollope's style, her nuanced perception, and her sensitivity all have made her a bestselling favorite on both sides of the Atlantic. Now, in Next of Kin, she draws on what The New York Times Book Review praises as her ability "to capture far-flung perspectives with compassion" to portray a family grappling-together and individually-with the death of a loved one. Caro Meredith, originally from California, led the life of an English farmer's wife for more than twenty years. Yet after her death, her grieving husband, Robin, wonders how well he really knew her. But Robin is not the only one left vulnerable; his brother, parents, and Judy, his daughter and Caro's step-daughter, are all thrown by the absence of the woman who had become a central figure in their lives. As they each struggle to cope with Caro's death, Judy's friend Zoe arrives from London and brings with her hope for a new beginning. All recognize that she is a catalyst for change. Next of Kin is about outsiders and insiders, about travelers and settlers, about living on the land and living with yourself. It offers a perceptive, if unsettling, insight into the forces of change, resignation, and making your own luck. Above all, it is written with Trollope's superbly appealing blend of complexity and humanity.
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2001.
ISBN: 9780670899999
0670899992
Branch Call Number: TROL
Characteristics: 289p. 24cm.

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maude1958
Mar 17, 2013

I own htis book

sharonb122 Sep 26, 2012

This might be my favorite Trollope novel. It was darker in theme than others I have read.The character of Zoe was very intriguing. Was she perhaps some sort of non-religious angel, drifting in and out of people's lives and making a difference. On p. 269 she says, "I'll find people who need me." She had a certain naive quality (she didn't know what to do with a dust cloth?!) but seemed to have a deeper wisdom than others, such as being non-judgmental. On p. 268, she says, "I'm older than all of you." Robin answers, "I know." She was just an interesting device. Rural setting was good and excellent depiction of many rural people and study of grief.

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