The Kindness of Strangers

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Harper Collins, Apr 23, 2013 - Fiction - 400 pages
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On a quiet street in the suburban Midwest, a popular, seemingly stable family keeps a terrible, dark secret behind closed doors -- a secret that will have life-changing consequences for all who know them

Sarah Laden, a young widow and mother of two, struggles to keep her family together. Since the death of her husband, her high-school-age son, Nate, has developed a rebellious streak, constantly falling in and out of trouble. Her kindhearted younger son, Danny, though well behaved, struggles to pass his remedial classes. All the while, Sarah must make ends meet by running a catering business out of her home. But when a shocking and unbelievable revelation rips apart the family of her closest friend, Sarah finds herself welcoming yet another young boy into her already tumultuous life.

Jordan, a quiet and reclusive elementary-school boy and classmate of Danny's, has survived a terrible tragedy, leaving him without a family. When Sarah becomes Jordan's foster mother, a relationship develops that will force her to question the things of which she thought she was so sure. Yet Sarah is not the only one changed by this young boy, and as the delicate balance that holds her family together begins to falter, the Ladens will all face truths about themselves and one another -- and discover the power of love to forgive and to heal.

Powerful and poignant, The Kindness of Strangers is a shocking look at how the tragedy of a single family in a small suburban town can affect so many. Katrina Kittle has created a haunting vision of the secret lives of the people we think we know best. Through gripping and heartrending storytelling, The Kindness of Strangers shows that even after the most grave injuries, redemption is always possible.

 

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A Must-read!

User Review  - Crissy - Borders

This book grabs you from the first chapter and it will be with you long after you put it down! Pros: love to read it from start to finish Cons: I was left with a feeling of wanting more I am looking forward to reading the other two books from Kittle. Read full review

The kindness of strangers: a novel

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In this slice of contemporary life, Kittle (Traveling Light ) introduces Sarah Laden, the recently widowed mother of two challenging sons. While trying to reassemble their lives following her husband ... Read full review

Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
6
Section 3
28
Section 4
35
Section 5
51
Section 6
69
Section 7
80
Section 8
96
Section 18
234
Section 19
248
Section 20
264
Section 21
277
Section 22
287
Section 23
292
Section 24
306
Section 25
318

Section 9
101
Section 10
116
Section 11
139
Section 12
160
Section 13
176
Section 14
196
Section 15
204
Section 16
218
Section 17
225
Section 26
326
Section 27
338
Section 28
351
Section 29
359
Section 30
365
Section 31
371
Section 32
377
Section 33
381
Section 34
391

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About the author (2013)

Katrina Kittle is the author of Traveling Light, Two Truths and a Lie, and The Kindness of Strangers, which received the Great Lakes Book Award for Fiction. She lives in Dayton, Ohio.

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