Liar’s Bench by Kim Michele Richardson audiobook

Liar’s Bench

By Kim Michele Richardson
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Blackstone Publishing, Blackstone Publishing 9781617737336
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In the bestselling tradition of The Secret Life of Bees, Liar’sBench is an atmospheric, compulsively readable tale full of heart andhistory, set in 1970s Kentucky and exploring civil rights and family secrets. In 1972 on Mudas Summers’ seventeenth birthday, herbeloved mama, Ella, is found hanging from the rafters of their home. Most peoplein Peckinpaw, Kentucky, assume that Ella’s no-good husband did the deed. Othersthink Ella grew tired of his abuse and did it herself. Muddy is determined tofind out for sure either way, especially once she finds strange papers hiddenamong her mama’s possessions. But Peckinpaw keeps its secrets buried deep. Muddy’salmost-more-than-friend, Bobby Marshall, knows that better than most. Though hepasses for white, one of his ancestors was Frannie Crow, a slave hanged acentury ago on nearby Hark Hill Plantation. Adorning the town square is a seatbuilt from Frannie’s gallows; a tribute, a relic—and a caution—it’s known asLiar’s Bench. The answers Muddy seeks soon lead back to Hark Hill, to hatredand corruption that have echoed through the years, and to lies she must be braveenough to confront at last. Kim Michele Richardson’s lush, beautifully writtendebut is set against a southern backdrop passing uneasily from bigotry andbrutality to hope. With its compelling mystery and complex yet relatable heroine,Liar’s Bench is a story of firstlove, raw courage, and truths that won’t be denied.

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Summary

Summary

In the bestselling tradition of The Secret Life of Bees, Liar’sBench is an atmospheric, compulsively readable tale full of heart andhistory, set in 1970s Kentucky and exploring civil rights and family secrets.

In 1972 on Mudas Summers’ seventeenth birthday, herbeloved mama, Ella, is found hanging from the rafters of their home. Most peoplein Peckinpaw, Kentucky, assume that Ella’s no-good husband did the deed. Othersthink Ella grew tired of his abuse and did it herself. Muddy is determined tofind out for sure either way, especially once she finds strange papers hiddenamong her mama’s possessions.

But Peckinpaw keeps its secrets buried deep. Muddy’salmost-more-than-friend, Bobby Marshall, knows that better than most. Though hepasses for white, one of his ancestors was Frannie Crow, a slave hanged acentury ago on nearby Hark Hill Plantation. Adorning the town square is a seatbuilt from Frannie’s gallows; a tribute, a relic—and a caution—it’s known asLiar’s Bench. The answers Muddy seeks soon lead back to Hark Hill, to hatredand corruption that have echoed through the years, and to lies she must be braveenough to confront at last.

Kim Michele Richardson’s lush, beautifully writtendebut is set against a southern backdrop passing uneasily from bigotry andbrutality to hope. With its compelling mystery and complex yet relatable heroine,Liar’s Bench is a story of firstlove, raw courage, and truths that won’t be denied.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“You’ll hear echoes of To Kill a Mockingbird in this haunting coming-of-age story…Beautifully written, atmospheric, and intricately plotted.” Susan Wiggs, New York Times bestselling author
“An intricately crafted plot with vivid characters…[and] beautifully descriptive storytelling…Mudas and Bobby make strong protagonists as they find the courage to find answers within the volatile environment of the South. A wonderful story that will leave its mark on readers’ hearts.” RT Book Reviews (4½ stars, Top Pick!)
“A satisfying mystery with thought-provoking historical elements, written in a sassy Southern voice.” Historical Novels Review
Liar’s Bench succeeds on many levels. As a coming-of-age story, it is splendidly realized and uplifting. As a portrait of a Southern community painfully stumbling into the age of racial and gender equality, it is penetrating and convincing. It is a high energy action tale. Ms. Richardson’s evocation of the sensory world is supremely effective…rooted in savoring the sounds, smells, tastes, and fragrances that enhance her captivating vision of a typical Southern small town during two linked periods of its history.” Southern Literary Review
“Richardson boldly probes behind the façade of place to unmask the damaged psyches of its inhabitants.” Gwyn Hyman Rubio, author of Ice Sparks

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Author Bio: Kim Michele Richardson

Author Bio: Kim Michele Richardson

Kim Michele Richardson is the author of several novels and the memoir The Unbreakable Child. She is also a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity and an advocate for the prevention of child abuse and domestic violence.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Fiction/Mystery & Detective
Runtime: 8.95
Audience: Adult
Language: English