The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek

A Novel

by Kim Michele Richardson

On Sale: 05/07/2019

The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek

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The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek

A Novel

by Kim Michele Richardson

On Sale: 05/07/2019

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About the Book

In 1936, Bluet is the last of the Kentucky Blues. In the dusty Appalachian hills of Troublesome Creek, nineteen and blue-skinned, Bluet has used up her last chance for “respectability” and a marriage bed. Instead, she joins the historical Pack Horse Library Project of Kentucky and becomes a librarian, riding up treacherous mountains on a mule to deliver books and other reading material to the poor hill communities of Eastern Kentucky. 

Along her dangerous route, Bluet confronts many who are distrustful of her blue skin. Not everyone is so keen on Bluet’s family or the Library Project, and the impoverished Kentuckians are quick to blame a Blue for any trouble in their small town.

Inspired by the true and historical blue-skinned people of Kentucky and the dedicated Kentucky Pack Horse Library Project, The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek provides an authentic Appalachian voice to a story of hope, heartbreak and raw courage and shows one woman’s strength, despite it all, to push beyond the dark woods of Troublesome Creek.

 

 

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Critical Praise

“hauntingly atmospheric...an un-put-downable work that holds real cultural significance.” - Sara Gruen, New York Times bestselling author of Water for Elephants

“[Richardson] explores a premise that’s highly unusual — and utterly compelling … A quick, riveting read that celebrates the power of both books and community.” - Toronto Star

“A timeless and significant tale about poverty, intolerance and how books can bring hope and light to even the darkest pocket of history.” - Karen Abbott, New York Times bestselling author of Liar Temptress Soldier Spy

“Emotionally resonant and unforgettable” - Joshilyn Jackson, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Almost Sisters

“Kim Michele Richardson has written a fascinating novel about people almost forgotten by history: Kentucky’s pack-horse librarians and “blue people.” The factual information alone would make this book a treasure, but with her impressive storytelling and empathy, Richardson gives us so much more.” - Ron Rash, New York Times bestselling author of One Foot in Eden and Serena

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9781443458658
  • ISBN 10: 1443458651
  • Imprint: HarperCollins Publishers
  • On Sale: 05/07/2019
  • Pages: 320
  • List Price:22.99 CAD
  • BISAC1 : Undefined Category
  • BISAC2 : FICTION / General
  • BISAC3 : FICTION / Historical

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