Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Book Review--Mrs. Kimble

#49 for the year is Mrs. Kimble, by Jennifer Haigh. This is a story about three women who were at one time married to the same man. Ken Kimble, the "chosen" man for all three women never seems to be exactly who he appears on the surface to any of his wives.

The three Mrs. Kimbles, are very different--different ages, different expectations, different goals. And yet, they're all attracted to Ken who frankly doesn't seem like such a great catch to me. Birdie, the first wife, married Ken when she was just 19 and a student at an all-girl Southern Bible college. Joan, the second wife, is Jewish and a writer for Newsweek. Third is Dinah, who babysat for Birdie and Ken's children when she was a teenager.

Ken (somewhat arguably) ends up better off after each of his marriages. His wives fare less well.

Mrs. Kimble had me questioning how often women see men through a lens that colors reality. Sometimes for better...sometimes for worse. Is it possible that women feel such pressure to be in a relationship--even marry--that they choose the `wrong' man knowing it's a wrong choice, but thinking that maybe it's better than no man at all? How sad is that?

Read the book. I give it 3 1/2 stars.

3 comments:

Jenn said...

Hey girlie...I think that you posted on the Shout Hallelujah blog about good friends. Is that supposted to be there or here on your personal blog?? Just wondering...I love your book reviews...now I just need a few hours a week to read them all!!

Kathryn said...

oops.

shoeaddict said...

Loved this book