What happens to a family when one member falls in love with someone not exactly like themselves? The family dynamic tends to shift. Long held prejudices are challenged within the family and members tend to act and feel differently about those beliefs over time. Some are able to come around to the side of the family member who has brought in this “outsider” while others will cling even tighter to the way things used to be and resent the new norm even more.
The main character in Kind of Kin, Sweet, is caught literally in the middle of this repeating saga, only the drama winds up playing out in very loud and public ways, due to immigration reform laws taking place in her state of Oklahoma. Her family is deeply affected by these laws on several fronts and lines get drawn in the sand between Sweet and her husband.
Some issues are just plain complex. The millions of people living in the United States right now without having the necessary paperwork to be considered legal residents represent one of those issues that has no easy answers. The sheer fact that this issue is as old as it is has complicated matters further, because now families, children and young adults— who never even had a choice originally in how they wound up in their individual situation—are involved.
This emotional and gripping tale has the reader sympathizing with the main character one minute and screaming at her the next. It is a page turner that is hard to put down.