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Covering a span of twenty five years, Mrs Kimble tells the story of three women married in succession to the same man – a charismatic opportunist named Ken Kimble. Told from the perspective of each Mrs Kimble, it offers a mesmerising look at how three very different women become accomplices in their own deception.

We see Ken Kimble through the eyes of the women he seduces: his first wife, Birdie, who struggles to hold herself together in the months following his desertion; his second wife, Joan, a lonely heiress recovering from personal tragedy, who sees in Kimble her last chance at happiness; and finally Dinah, a beautiful but damaged woman half his age. Woven throughout is the story of Kimble’s son Charlie, whose life is forever affected by a father he barely remembers.

Ken Kimble is able to become, for a while at least, all things to all women. To each of the three Mrs Kimbles, he appears as a hero, to whom powerful needs and nameless longings may be attached. Only later do they glimpse the truth about this elusive, unknowable man.

Each Mrs Kimble is of a different generation, with different expectations of men and of themselves – yet each is able to convince herself that Ken Kimble is what is missing from her life, and pledge herself to a man she barely knows. Mrs Kimble is a meditation on marriage and the illusions upon which it is based.

Beautifully written, stunningly original, this emotionally compelling novel of marriage and illusion marks the debut of an astonishing new literary voice.

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‘A luminous debut novel…with memorable, vibrant characters, that will have wide appeal.’ Booklist

‘The measured prose and care for detail show a promising talent.’ Kirkus Reviews

‘This moving novel explores questions of love and loss – the first, second and third time around.’ Glamour

‘Each Mrs Kimble comes tantalizingly alive thanks to the author’s considerable gift for conjuring up a character with the tiniest of details.’ Washington Post

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'Beautiful, devastating and complex.' Chicago Tribune

Over a span of twenty five years, three women marry the same man - a charismatic opportunist named Ken Kimble. Each Mrs Kimble offers a mesmerising look at how three very different women became accomplices in their own deception.

The first, Birdie, is left in deprived conditions and struggles to hold herself and their children together in the months following Kimble's desertion; the second, Joan, a lonely heiress recovering from personal tragedy, sees in Ken Kimble her last chance at happiness and defies her family and friends to marry him; and the third, Dinah, a beautiful but damaged woman half his age, tries to find the strength to survive him.

Beautifully written, stunningly original, this emotionally compelling novel is a meditation on women, marriage and the illusions upon which it is based.

'A sharply observed, affecting tale of the power of a charismatic predator and the acquiescence of his victims…Ken Kimble is a chilling creation.' Boston Globe

'Luminous…a beautiful novel with memorable, vibrant characters.' Booklist

'A clever, admirable novel…The three Mrs Kimbles present the whole gamut of family values gone awry.' Washington Post

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Book Description HarperCollins Publishers, United Kingdom, 2004. Paperback. Book Condition: New. 197 x 130 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. Covering a span of twenty five years, Mrs Kimble tells the story of three women married in succession to the same man - a charismatic opportunist named Ken Kimble. Told from the perspective of each Mrs Kimble, it offers a mesmerising look at how three very different women become accomplices in their own deception. We see Ken Kimble through the eyes of the women he seduces: his first wife, Birdie, who struggles to hold herself together in the months following his desertion; his second wife, Joan, a lonely heiress recovering from personal tragedy, who sees in Kimble her last chance at happiness; and finally Dinah, a beautiful but damaged woman half his age. Woven throughout is the story of Kimble s son Charlie, whose life is forever affected by a father he barely remembers. Ken Kimble is able to become, for a while at least, all things to all women. To each of the three Mrs Kimbles, he appears as a hero, to whom powerful needs and nameless longings may be attached. Only later do they glimpse the truth about this elusive, unknowable man. Each Mrs Kimble is of a different generation, with different expectations of men and of themselves - yet each is able to convince herself that Ken Kimble is what is missing from her life, and pledge herself to a man she barely knows. Mrs Kimble is a meditation on marriage and the illusions upon which it is based. Beautifully written, stunningly original, this emotionally compelling novel of marriage and illusion marks the debut of an astonishing new literary voice. Bookseller Inventory # AA89780007150861

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Book Description HarperCollins Publishers, United Kingdom, 2004. Paperback. Book Condition: New. 197 x 130 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. Covering a span of twenty five years, Mrs Kimble tells the story of three women married in succession to the same man - a charismatic opportunist named Ken Kimble. Told from the perspective of each Mrs Kimble, it offers a mesmerising look at how three very different women become accomplices in their own deception. We see Ken Kimble through the eyes of the women he seduces: his first wife, Birdie, who struggles to hold herself together in the months following his desertion; his second wife, Joan, a lonely heiress recovering from personal tragedy, who sees in Kimble her last chance at happiness; and finally Dinah, a beautiful but damaged woman half his age. Woven throughout is the story of Kimble s son Charlie, whose life is forever affected by a father he barely remembers. Ken Kimble is able to become, for a while at least, all things to all women. To each of the three Mrs Kimbles, he appears as a hero, to whom powerful needs and nameless longings may be attached. Only later do they glimpse the truth about this elusive, unknowable man. Each Mrs Kimble is of a different generation, with different expectations of men and of themselves - yet each is able to convince herself that Ken Kimble is what is missing from her life, and pledge herself to a man she barely knows. Mrs Kimble is a meditation on marriage and the illusions upon which it is based. Beautifully written, stunningly original, this emotionally compelling novel of marriage and illusion marks the debut of an astonishing new literary voice. Bookseller Inventory # AA89780007150861

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