1. “Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage” by Haruki Murakami
2. “God and the Gay Christian” by Matthew Vines
3. “The Big Divide: A Travel Guide to Historic and Civil War Sites in the Missouri-Kansas Border Region” by Diane Eickhoff and Aaron Barnhart
4. “What So Proudly We Hailed” by Marc Leepson
5. “One Plus One” by Jojo Moyes
6. “Dirty Copper” by Jim Northrup
7. “The Mockingbird Next Door” by Marja Mills
8. “Pete the Cat’s Super Cool Reading Collection” by James Dean
9. “Sons of Wichita” by Daniel Schulman
10. “We Are Called to Rise” by Laura McBride
01/23/2013 7:00 pm
Watermark Books & Cafe is pleased to welcome Rilla Askew for a reading and signing of Kind of Kin.
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 ten-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.