Rilla Askew

Rilla Askew has written three literary novels previously for which she received a 2009 Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, was nominated for the PEN/Faulkner Award, the Dublin IMPAC Prize, and twice received the Oklahoma Book Award. Askew divides her time between upstate New York and Oklahoma.


Rilla Askew's raucous, ebullient novel... gets to the very heart of what it means to be part of the family of man... Here, immigration has a human, heartbreaking face... Askew's characters are both larger than life and deeply, complicatedly human... powerful and moving
San Francisco Chronicle

Rilla Askew's wonderful novel shows us why fiction is more essential than ever. Her unflinching portrait of a family whipsawed from within and without is a story for our time, the story of a struggle to find some measure of peace and certainty in an unhinged world. It's proof of Askew's flat-out genius that Kind of Kin is merciless, yet strangely full of mercy - read it through to the last page and you'll see what I mean.Ben Fountain, author of 'Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk' and 'Brief Encounters with Che Guevara'

An impressive, witty and thought-provoking family saga

Kind of Kin is a kind of miracle. The character Sweet is an American original, doing her best to hold the family she loves together while trying not to fall apart. A winner.Adriana Trigiani, bestselling author of 'The Shoemaker's Wife'

Rich, rewarding, and humane
Publishers Weekly

A novel as ambitious as it is complex: Askew deftly weaves multiple points of view into a narrative that's spacious, messy and, above all, honest... [it's] Askew's lush, nuanced characterization and expert feel for dramatic tension that make this novel soar
Kansas City Star