I re-read Kindred to use in a reading group with advanced 8th graders. It’s a knock-out even the second time around. Could this be the most sophisticated novel about race relations in the United States? Is time travel the best way to demonstrate the enormous complexities of this history? I think Butler had an enormous heart to go along with her enormous intellect, and that both are on vigorous display in this delicious book. My old blog had a long post about Kindred but it got shut down by Blogger because someone hacked it and used it to send out Trojans. I’ll see if I can find and repost that old blurb.