Others of My Kind

Others of My Kind

A Novel

Book - 2013
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At age eight, Jenny Rowan was abducted and kept for two years in a box beneath her captor's bed. Eventually she escaped and, after living for eighteen months on cast-offs at the local mall, was put into the child-care system. Suing for emancipation, at age sixteen she became a legal adult. Nowadays she works as a production editor for the local public TV station, and is one of the world's good people.

One evening she returns home to find a detective waiting for her. Though her records are sealed, he somehow knows her story. He asks if she can help with a young woman who, like her many years before, has been abducted and traumatized.

Initially hesitant, Jenny decides to get involved, reviving buried memories and setting in motion an unexpected interchange with the president herself. As brilliantly spare and compact as are all of James Sallis's novels, Others of My Kind stands apart for its female protagonist. Set in a near future of political turmoil, it is a story of how we overcome, how we shape ourselves by what happens to us, and of how the human spirit, whatever horrors it undergoes, will not be put down.

*San Francisco Chronicle

Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury, 2013
ISBN: 9781620402092
Branch Call Number: SALLI
Characteristics: 116 pages ; 22 cm

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Cdnbookworm Nov 09, 2013

This short novel is enthralling, hard to put down. Jenny Rowan has led an unusual life. Kidnapped at the age of eight, held (often in a wooden box under her captor's bed) for two years, she then escaped and lived for months in a mall. Found and put into foster care, she made a new life for herself, as a successful news editor and now works at a small television station in Washington, D.C.
As the book starts, she is approached by a detective and asked to help if she can a young woman who has just been found, captive for some time, by a kidnapper.
As Jenny is drawn out of her hidden past by this young woman, and other people in need, she participates, but also observes. She can relate to this others and offer meaningful understanding and comfort, but she still stands apart. Jenny is an interesting character and the story is like no other I have read. Sallis has done it again.

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