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Beautiful Kate

3.70  ·  Rating Details  ·  30 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews
"A born storyteller." —St. Louis Post Dispatch

Wanted as a material witness in a drug-smuggling case, Gregg Kendall is hiding out at his family's old Chicago home. While there, he finds himself thinking about his long dead siblings, older brother Cliff and twin sister Kate. The two died in a car crash years before, and as Gregg revisits and relives the memories of his chil
Hardcover, 230 pages
Published May 1st 1982 by Little Brown and Company (first published 1982)
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Aug 13, 2015 David rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. While it did contain some dark twists and rather shocking moments, it was an overall good read. To give you an idea of the novel's dark undertone, here is Greg describing how he feels about his nostalgic childhood memories before jotting them down on paper: "No, about all I have to do is endure them in memory, as they track through my head, much like random particles of radioactivity. One barely feels himself dying."


On a more personal note, this book reminde
Aug 19, 2015 Sue rated it really liked it
Okay, this is a complicated book to review. I loved it, by the way. It all started with the movie (by the same name), which I saw on cable a few weeks ago. Have you ever had an evening in which you were ready to go to bed, started to watch a movie, and then could not tear yourself away? This is precisely what happened, and I had never heard of the book, author, or movie.
Rachel Ward, one of my favorite actresses, produced it. Her husband Bryan Brown, starred in it, along with Rachael Griffiths,
Apr 27, 2012 The_raisinet rated it liked it
Beautiful Kate is NOT a 'light, breezy' read. It is uncomfortable, painfully so, in certain parts. It is an open wound, being poked at relentlessly every time you read another chapter. It isn't completely horrifying however, it does add a level of humanity to the situation this family and Ned find themselves in, one involving a (in my opinion) crazy Kate.

Kate as a character was sometimes too much for me. The one complain I have about this book is that it didn't offer much insight about Kate her
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Born in Harvey, Illinois, Thornburg graduated from the University of Iowa with a Fine Arts degree. He worked in a variety of jobs before devoting himself to writing full-time (or at least in tandem with his cattle farm in the Ozarks) in 1973.
His 1976 novel Cutter and Bone was filmed in 1981 as Cutter's Way. The New York Times called Cutter and Bone "the best novel of its kind for ten years." Anoth
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