I was very moved by this book. There is such power in a well told story to reveal and inform. This story took me deeply into the complexity - and brutality - of human history in North America. I found a depth of compassion and dignity in Brown's writing that requires more than a superficial read - I felt invited into a consideration of the entire cast of characters - Topher, Skibby and Mercy, of course, but also Master Jack and LaSalle. Who are these people and how have their views of the world evolved through the generations? How are they held captive by each other, and by their belief systems? And what happens as these world views, beliefs, cannot sustain, but must tear each other apart... Kevin Brown has written a short book, but it is epic in its scope and understanding.
Written with a cinematic eye and perfect timing, Kindred Spirits cuts a slice of antebellum American history and lays it bare. Brown has hit the mark with this slim first novel, capturing at once the unique setting of the slavery-infected South and the universal theme of the human quest for freedom.