Kate Walbert - "His Favorites"

Event date: 
Tuesday, August 28, 2018 - 6:00pm
Event address: 
Oblong Rhinebeck
6422 Montgomery Street
Rhinebeck, NY 12572

Kate Walbert by Deborah DonenfeldRSVP Requested


With HIS FAVORITES, Walbert has once again written a novel that feels both timeless and timely: it is essential reading for the world we find ourselves in today.

National Book Award nominated Kate Walbert’s novel A Short History of Women was hailed by critics as a feminist masterpiece, and was reviewed on the cover of The New York Times Book Review. Her novel The Sunken Cathedral, whose characters grapple with, among many other things, climate change, was praised as “an emotionally resonant story of people caught in a time of unease and change—and a striking portrait of the way we live now” (BookPage).

Set in the 1970s, HIS FAVORITES is the story of Jo, a teenaged girl who after a catastrophic and scandalous accident is sent away to a boarding school. There, she encounters Master Aikens, a charismatic English teacher.  The consequences for Jo are disastrous, immediate and lifelong. The silencing of Jo and the underlying complicity of the culture in which she finds herself are all-too familiar and universal. As she recalls the details of the past many years later, she negotiates varying angles of perception, memory, revision, and the limits of language to try to claim and fully voice her history. The result is a devastating, propulsive, unforgettable work of fiction, impossible to put down.

“HIS FAVORITES is the first work of fiction to capture the disgust and rage most of us have just begun to come to terms with.”—Dorothy Wickenden, Executive Editor, The New Yorker and author of Nothing Daunted

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The Sunken Cathedral: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781476799360
Availability: Available in our Warehouse: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Scribner - March 29th, 2016

A Short History of Women: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781416594994
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scribner - June 15th, 2010

Our Kind: A Novel in Stories Cover Image
ISBN: 9780743245609
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scribner - December 28th, 2004

The Gardens of Kyoto: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780684869490
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scribner - March 5th, 2002

Where She Went Cover Image
ISBN: 9780140283631
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Penguin Books - December 1999