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Description - Mrs Kimble by Jennifer Haigh

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.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780007150861
ISBN-10: 0007150865
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 129mm x 24mm)
Pages: 400
Imprint: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publish Date: 28-Apr-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Jennifer Haigh

Jennifer Haigh's short stories have been published in Good Housekeeping and numerous literary reviews. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop. Mrs Kimble is her first novel.

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