LIAR'S BENCH - Q&A
Kim Michele Richardson was interviewed on ABC WHAS 11.
In 1972, on Mudas Summers’ seventeenth birthday, her beloved Mama, Ella, is found hanging from the rafters of their home. Most people in Peckinpaw, Kentucky, assume that Ella’s no-good husband did the deed. Others think Ella grew tired of his abuse and did it herself. Muddy is determined to find out for sure either way, especially once she finds strange papers hidden amongst her mama’s possessions.
But Peckinpaw keeps its secrets buried deep. Muddy’s almost-more-than-friend, Bobby Marshall, knows that better than most. Though he passes for white, one of his ancestors was Frannie Crow, a slave hanged a century ago on nearby Hark Hill Plantation. Adorning the town square is a seat built from Frannie’s gallows. A tribute, a relic—and a caution—it’s known as Liar’s Bench. Now, the answers Muddy seeks soon lead back to Hark Hill, to hatred and corruption that have echoed through the years—and lies she must be brave enough to confront at last.
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.
"With magical writing and a strong sense of time and place, Kim Richardson introduces us to an engaging and unforgettable protagonist in Muddy Summers. We meet seventeen-year-old Muddy at a moment of tremendous personal loss complicated by unanswered questions. Muddy's courage and passion drive the story and I didn't stop cheering for her until the riveting end." --Diane Chamberlain, USA Today bestselling author of The Silent Sister
Advance praise for Kim Michele Richardson and Liar’s Bench
“In Liar's Bench, Kim Michele Richardson brings you home to meet her people and to pull up a rocker on the porch with a Mason jar of sweet tea, to watch the fireflies in the dusk while she spins a sure-footed tale of wrongful death, first love and reconciliation. Like Muddy, you'll find you cannot walk away.” --Amy Conner, author of The Right Thing
“Liar’s Bench is one of those rare books I wish I had written. Southern storytelling at its finest.” --Ann Hite, author of Ghost on Black Mountain
“Readers of Southern fiction won't be able to turn the pages fast enough as they follow this colorful tale.” --Ellen Marie Wiseman, author of What She Left Behind
“In a story that spans more than one hundred years between two hangings, Richardson tackles bigotry and a society in flux in this gripping coming-of-age mystery that feels relevant no matter what the year is. With value for readers of all ages, Liar’s Bench is a story that will stay with you long after the reading's done.” --Jamie Mason, author of Three Graves Full
“Liar's Bench is compulsively readable---a highly imaginative coming-of-age story with a lot of unexpected twists and turns. Very hard to put down!” --Noah Bly, author of The Third Hill North of Town