Kin: A Memoir (Unabridged‪)‬

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Publisher Description

Bloomsbury presents Kin by Shawna Kay Rodenberg, read by Natalie Duke. 

A heart-stopping memoir of a wrenching Appalachian girlhood and a multilayered portrait of a misrepresented people, from Rona Jaffe Writer's Award-winner Shawna Kay Rodenberg. 

When Shawna Kay Rodenberg was four, her father, fresh from a ruinous tour in Vietnam, spirited her family from their home in the hills of Eastern Kentucky to Minnesota, renouncing all of their earthly possessions to live in the Body, an off-the-grid End Times religious community. Her father was seeking a better, safer life for his family, but the austere communal living of prayer, bible study and strict regimentation was a bad fit for the precocious Shawna. Disciplined harshly for her many infractions, she was sexually abused by a predatory adult member of the community. Soon after the leader of the Body died and revelations of the sexual abuse came to light, her family returned to the same Kentucky mountains that their ancestors have called home for 300 years. It is a community ravaged by the coal industry, but for all that, rich in humanity, beauty and the complex knots of family love. Curious, resourceful, rebellious, Shawna ultimately leaves her mountain home, but only as she masters a perilous balancing act between who she has been and who she will become. 

Kin is a mesmerizing memoir of survival that seeks to understand and make peace with the people and places that were survived. It is above all about family - about the forgiveness and love within its bounds - and generations of Appalachians who have endured, harmed and held each other through countless lifetimes of personal and regional tragedy.

GENRE
Biographies & Memoirs
NARRATOR
ND
Natalie Duke
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
13:54
hr min
RELEASED
2021
June 8
PUBLISHER
Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
PRESENTED BY
Audible.com
SIZE
725.3
MB

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