Everything you need to understand or teach Our Kind by Kate Walbert.
Stories in this novel, published in 2004, take place over a period of years from early in the 1950's through the early 2000's. Historical dates are not as critical to understanding the stories as is the relative dates of each character's experiences. Stories told or shared with each other may be from an earlier or later time or period. The novel is set in a small northeastern United States town. Stories vary with seasons of the year, as in any northern climate. Within the town, characters in the novel create their own community through shared and socially expected experiences.
The plot of this novel groups several stories about experiences, like those of many similarly situated communities. The community of middle to upper middle class female friends develops over fifty years of sharing experiences. Most of them relocate to this town initially with their newly wed husbands. Shortly after arrival...
Our Kind: A Novel in Stories Lesson Plans contain 108 pages of teaching material, including: