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Kin : a memoir / Shawna Kay Rodenberg.


"A heart stopping memoir of a wrenching Appalachian girlhood and a multilayered portrait of a misrepresented people, from Rona Jaffe Writer's Award winner Shawna Kay Rodenberg. When Shawna Kay Rodenberg was four, her father, fresh from a ruinous tour in Vietnam, spirited her family from their home in the hills of Eastern Kentucky to Minnesota, renouncing all of their earthly possessions to live in the Body, an off-the-grid End Times religious community. Her father was seeking a better, safer life for his family, but the austere communal living of prayer, bible study and strict regimentation was a bad fit for the precocious Shawna. Disciplined harshly for her many infractions, she was sexually abused by a predatory adult member of the community. Soon after the leader of the Body died and revelations of the sexual abuse came to light, her family returned to the same Kentucky mountains that their ancestors have called home for three hundred years. It is a community ravaged by the coal industry, but for all that, rich in humanity, beauty, and the complex knots of family love. Curious, resourceful, rebellious, Shawna will ultimately leave her mountain home but only as she masters a perilous balancing act between who she has been and who she will become. Kin is a mesmerizing memoir of survival that seeks to understand and make peace with the people and places that were survived. It is above all about family--about the forgiveness and love within its bounds--and generations of Appalachians who have endured, harmed, and held each other through countless lifetimes of personal and regional tragedy"-- Provided by publisher.

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  • ISBN: 9781635574555
  • ISBN: 1635574552
  • Physical Description: xix, 330 pages ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury Publishing, 2021.

Contents / Notes

Formatted Contents Note:
Treasures upon Earth -- Deborah Kay -- Sex & black magic -- Rose of Sharon -- Chicken pox and army worms -- Aunt Hope -- He is faithful to forgive us -- The doghouse -- Shorty in the turning place -- Fletcher Hill -- Aunt Ruby -- The first end times -- Yellowjackets -- Deliverance -- More end times -- A bimbo my whole life -- A new colossus -- The end of the end times and the beginning -- Shotgun wedding.
Subject: Rodenberg, Shawna Kay.
Move (Christian sect)
Appalachians (People) > Kentucky > Biography.
Women > Kentucky > Biography.
Women authors, American > Biography.
Ex-cultists > United States > Biography.
Kentucky > Biography.
Genre: Biography.

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