Our Kind: A Novel in Stories Short Essay - Answer Key

Kate Walbert
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Short Essay Questions Key

1. What is the nature of the intervention?

The intervention takes place over a couple days. The group of friends from a small town gathers together in late summer at the home of the crusading recovering alcoholic Canoe. Around her pool and patio area they make plans to intervene in the drinking lifestyle and habits of Him.

2. Who is Him?

Him is unnamed. Him is a successful realtor they all know and love. He is a colleague of their ex-husbands, and known by them since they arrived in town.

3. What does Him symbolize for the women?

Him is an archetype of the males in the lives of these female friends. His features, habits and mannerisms, good and bad, reflect fathers, boyfriends, husbands, lovers, ex-husbands, sons and other male figures they know. Many friends in the group have an affair or flirtation, actual imagined or fantasized with Him.

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