Kate Vaiden may be one of Price's best pieces of work, he has a certain knack for making his character's voices heard and feelings felt. Price has been one of my favorites for years because he reaches into the characters souls and bares them up.
Being from NC and having gone to Duke, I've been acquainted with Reynolds Price's writings for some time, and I never cease to be amazed at how beautiful his novels are (and, in fact, his nonfiction and poetry as well). Kate Vaiden is probably my very favorite of his books - just stunning.
The author of this book is a professor at Duke University, and the book is a winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award. The main character is a woman who abandoned her son when she was 17 and now wants to see him. It's a story of an ordinary woman in extraordinary circumstances, and is joyous, tragic, comic and compelling. It is beautifully written.
Exquisite, finely written novel of true literary value. That doesn't mean it is 'dull,' by any means. This is just pure good literature - at times joyous, at times tragic, all compelling. What is even more compelling is that this was written just before and during Reynolds Price's catastrophic illness. How this author, a man, was able to probe the psychology and emotions of his main character, a woman, is incredible. Great story.
A story of a young girl growing up during WW2 in North Carolina. Told from her 57 year old self, looking back at her life. I thought it was very good.