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Bestselling author Lisa Alther’s classic coming-of-age novel set amidst the changing times of the 1960s American South
Growing up in Tennessee in a family of privilege, Ginny Babcock’s world is seemingly idyllic. Her father, the Major, runs the local plant—and, thus, the town—and her mother works on beloved home movies, or “kinflicks,” as her children call them, documenting the quintessential moments of her children growing up. But her mother’s camera isn’t there to capture Ginny’s growing rebellion against her prim Southern upbringing. From her backseat exploits as a popular high schooler, to her late night adventures at the moonshine joint with a greaser boyfriend, to her passionate days with a lover at the militant feminist commune in Vermont, Ginny throws herself into the moment—until, finally, she must return home and look after her ailing mother. Funny, wise, and filled with unforgettable characters, Kinflicks is a captivating novel that draws on the human fallout of turbulent times. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Lisa Alther, including rare photos from the author’s personal collection. “An ambitious, funny, lucid and unfailingly honest novel . . . . No other writer has yet synthesized [coming of age in the ’60s] as well as Ms. Alther has.” —The New Yorker “A strong, salty, original talent . . . . It made me wonder what Tom Jones would be like written now.” —Doris Lessing Lisa Alther is the bestselling author of five novels, among them the critically acclaimed Kinflicks, and a family memoir, Kinfolks: Falling Off the Family Tree. She was born in Kingsport, Tennessee, in 1944, one of five children in a close-knit family influenced by both its Southern and “Yankee” roots. After attending Wellesley College and working in book publishing, she moved to Vermont, where she began to write and raise her daughter. Alther currently divides her time among Tennessee, Vermont, and New York City.
Simply put Kinflicks is one of the best books I have ever read. thirty some years after reading this book I still smile when I think of Edie and Clem. I cannot tell you how many people I have recommended this book to and how much they love it. I teach drama and direct local theatre and wish Alther would let me cast the film when and if she ever gets around to it. Please do yourself a favor and grab this book. Carla Derr