Critical Praise for The Kindness of Strangers

“Compulsively readable… Kittle knows children and writes about them well.”
Chicago Tribune, July 16, 2006

“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

“Kittle crafts a disturbing but compelling story line, as Sarah, Nate, and Jordan uncover and come to terms with the horror in alternating chapters… Though the movement is toward healing, there are bumpy roads ahead for everybody in this…gripping read.”
Publishers Weekly

“A story of ordinary people trying to make the best of an awful situation and finding the healing power of love and forgiveness in the process.”

“The Kindness of Strangers grabs hold of you from the first page and won’t let go… Definitely not a novel to be missed!”
BookSense (A BookSense Pick for February 2006)

“A heartbreaking story [that] encompasses fear, fury, and loyalty. Thanks to the author’s exceptionally fluent narrative skill, [this]novel…becomes utterly compelling… [A] heartbreaking story [that] encompasses fear, fury, and loyalty…Kittle unfurls her tale with absolute devotion.”
Kirkus Reviews

“Kittle burrows deeply into how people react to an abomination in their midst, and makes the case that people have to proactively involve themselves in the well-being of others, even when they are afraid to take on the burden of doing so… The story is a brisk, lively, intelligent page-turner that gives the proper payoff and never lets the reader doubt that they’re in capable storytelling hands.”
Dayton Daily News

“Engaging and thought provoking.”
Sunday Oklahoman

“Unselfishness is at the heart of this most memorable, compelling novel of survival. Kittle’s careful character development and depiction of a loving family situation, along with the variety of statistics offered, help make this tale hard to put down. Although it is a grim, disturbing study of abuse, the conversational style and vividly drawn characters render it a moving portrait of how we heal. Recommended for all public libraries.”
Library Journal

(The author’s personal favorite!) “Powerful and gripping… Kittle is a humanitarian superstar.”
The Independent (BookPeople’s newsletter, Austin)

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