The Kindness of Strangers

Kindness of StrangersWinner of the 2006 Great Lakes Book Award for Fiction

Sarah Laden, a young widow and mother of two, struggles to keep her own family together. After the death of her husband, her high school-aged 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.

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 classmate of Danny’s, has survived a terrible tragedy, leaving him without a family. When Sarah becomes a foster mother to Jordan, 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. The Ladens will all face truths about themselves and each other-and discover the power to forgive and to heal.

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“A moving novel about the ways in which healing can occur…Kittle’s clear prose gives a luminous quality to her story of thriving against the odds.”
—People Magazine

More praise for The Kindness of Strangers.

  • FROM THE BOOK: “Whenever Sarah thought back to that morning twelve years ago, she remembered the chick. She cracked open an egg, but instead of a yolk, a bloody chick embryo fell into the bowl. She stared at its alien eyes and gaping mouth, and the hair rose on her arms and neck. The maimed chick felt important somehow, a sign of how bleak and bad things had become. Sarah sensed that this was an omen, but she couldn’t imagine for what or how to prepare herself.”



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