Book Review: Kin Types by Luanne Castle

Love this review of Kin Types by poet and writer Jen Payne.

In case you’re getting tired of seeing the same book cover (haha), here’s a portrait of my great-grandmother Cora who is in the book more than once.

It is no surprise that for the three nights since reading Kin Types, I have had vivid dreams of my own family. It is no surprise because Luanne Castle’s thought-full book presents the concept of family in such a palpable manner, one feels as if you have sat across the table from an aunt, a grandmother, a cousin, and heard family stories that could very well be your own.

Layered with poems and prose, you turn a page to reveal the next colorful character, the faded memory, the texture of a detail only a poet would think to include. The result is a beautiful collage of the family experience — its loves and losses, its joys and sorrows, its tragedies and secrets.

How clever of Castle to include the modern-day theory of behavioral epigenetics, essentially we are that collage, we are the stories, they are in our DNA. It…

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8 responses to “Book Review: Kin Types by Luanne Castle

  1. Wonderful review, Luanne!

  2. That was such a thoughtful review!

  3. What an amazing and thought provoking review! Jen Payne included your beautiful poetic vignettes along with current behavioral epigenetics theory. I’m so glad you are mentioning this while sharing “Kin Types.” This brings your family into our own contexts of family.
    I wanted to let you know I laid out my five Fall 🍁 books to read and review today (11/1/17). ❤

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