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Kim Michele Richardson

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The NEW YORK TIMES, LOS ANGELES TIMES and USA TODAY bestselling author, Kim Michele Richardson is a multiple-award winning author and has written five works of historical fiction, and a bestselling memoir.

Her critically acclaimed novel, The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek is a DOLLY PARTON RECOMMENDED READ, a Goodreads Choice award nominee, and has earned the 2020 PBS Readers Choice, 2019 LibraryReads Best Book, Indie Next, SIBA, Forbes Best Historical Novel, Book-A-Million Best Fiction, and is an Oprah's Buzziest Books pick and a Women’s National Book Association Great Group Reads selection. It was inspired by the remarkable "blue people" of Kentucky, and the fierce, brave Packhorse Librarians who used the power of literacy to overcome big
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Kim Michele Richardson Thank you, Gena, for your thoughtful question and your kind praise! I loved writing Cussy Mary and Honey's story, so it would be lovely to visit them …moreThank you, Gena, for your thoughtful question and your kind praise! I loved writing Cussy Mary and Honey's story, so it would be lovely to visit them again in another book. =)(less)
Kim Michele Richardson Thank you for your question, Cindy. I do have a lot of research and hope to revisit these precious families again. ; ) Thank you for reading BOOK WOMA…moreThank you for your question, Cindy. I do have a lot of research and hope to revisit these precious families again. ; ) Thank you for reading BOOK WOMAN.(less)
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I’m thrilled to announce that I'm working on a forthcoming novel (untitled) for my publisher. It is both “a sequel and a standalone companion” to The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek, set in my home state of Kentucky 12 years after that novel ends.

The new title explores the unbreakable bonds of sisterhood, strength, and courage, and is once again a unique tale about remarkable women Read more of this blog post »
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Description: LIAR'S BENCH Spring 2015 Release In the summer of '72, Mudas (Muddy) Summers finds out that Peckinpaw, Kentucky's, century-old secrets tie into yesterday’s sorrows—a town's liar's bench — her mama’s mysterious death, and the brutal lynching of her boyfriend's ancestor. Running through the tale of two Kentucky hangings more than a hundred years apart is the story of Mudas and Bobby finding each other and themselves while forced to grow up fast in a time and place where the KKK is still a power, the South is struggling to find itself, and teens are caught between old and new ways of growing up. "Kim Michele Richardson’s lush, beautifully written debut is set against a Southern backdrop passing uneasily from bigotry and brutality to hope. With its compelling mystery and complex yet relatable heroine, Liar’s Bench is a story of first love, raw courage, and truths that won’t be denied." -Kensington "You'll hear echoes of To Kill A Mockingbird in this haunting coming-of-age story. Beautifully written, atmospheric and intricately plotted, Richardson's debut novel will stay with you long after the last page is turned." - #1 New York Times bestselling author Susan Wiggs
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“I never understood why other people thought my color, any color, needed fixing.”
Kim Michele Richardson, The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek

“Being able to return to the books was a sanctuary for my heart. And a joy bolted free, lessening my own grievances, forgiving spent youth and dying dreams lost to a hard life, the hard land, and to folks’ hard thoughts and partialities.”
Kim Michele Richardson, The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek

“Well, them cloths are a lot like folks. Ain’t much difference at all. Some of us is more spiffed up than others, some stiffer, and still, some softer. There’s the colorful and dull, ugly and pretty, old, new ’uns. But in the end we’s all fabric, cut from His cloth. Fabric, and just that.”
Kim Michele Richardson, The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek

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