RaveThe Star Tribune... detail, along with plenty of self-deprecating humor...makes Klam\'s \'true story of a family fiction\' so relatable and such an enjoyable read ... an engrossing search for truth and how learning that truth might affect identity, a crucial aspect for Klam and one she touches on over and over again ... a serious quest, but Klam\'s touch is light ... Some truly astonishing discoveries about the sisters await the reader, but the book flirts with the possibility of disappointment, that the lack of information and \"brick walls\" that Klam runs into will translate into a book that just peters out, leaving these fascinating people lost to history. As the conclusion nears, regret is palpable. Instead, a wave of good fortune saves the day ... Klam might not have gotten the moon, but she did capture the stars.
Shawna Kay Rodenberg
PositiveThe Star TribuneRodenberg doesn\'t keep to her own story. She intersperses third-person accounts of her mother\'s life in Kentucky and her father\'s before he went to Vietnam, including pages—perhaps too many—of letters he wrote to his parents while he was stationed there. The change in perspective is jarring, heightening the surreal aspects of the book and emphasizing its Southern gothic aesthetic. Ultimately, though, the alternating chapters provide context and feed Rodenberg\'s overarching theme about how stories repeat in families ... Kin begs comparison to Tara Westover\'s 2018 memoir, Educated. Westover\'s work is much more optimistic, however ... Even though Rodenberg strives for a tidy ending for herself, obstacles keep popping up. And why shouldn\'t they? Life isn\'t neat, and she leans into that, digging deep with dense but readable prose and providing compelling insights.