SIBA has named THE SISTERS OF GLASS FERRY by Kim Michele Richardson a Fall 2017 Okra Pick!
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“An emotionally resonant tale of secrets, regret, and absolution that held me spellbound.
You simply have to read it.”
--Sara Gruen, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Water for Elephants
Spanning several decades and written in an authentic voice both lyrical and wise, The Sisters of Glass Ferry is a haunting novel about small-town Southern secrets, loss and atonement, and the unbreakable bond between siblings.
Glass Ferry, Kentucky, is bourbon country. Whiskey has been a way of life for generations, enabling families to provide and survive even in the darkest times. Flannery Butler’s daddy, Beauregard “Honey Bee” Butler, was known for making some of the best whiskey in the state, aged in barrels he’d take by boat up and down the Kentucky River until the rocking waters turned the spirits smooth and golden. Flannery is the only person Honey Bee ever entrusted with his recipes before he passed on, swearing her to secrecy as he did so.
But Flannery is harboring other secrets too, about her twin sister Patsy, older by eight minutes and pretty in a way Flannery knows she’ll never be. Then comes the prom night when Patsy—wearing a yellow chiffon dress and the family pearls—disappears along with her date. Every succeeding year on the twins’ birthday, Flannery’s mother bakes a strawberry cake, convinced that this is the day Patsy will finally come home. But it will be two tumultuous decades until the muddy river yields a clue about what happened that night, compelling Flannery to confront the truth about her sleepy town, her family’s past, and the choices she and those closest to her have made in the name of love and retribution . . .
Praise For The Novels Of Kim Michele Richardson
Godpretty In The Tobacco Field
“Richardson skillfully develops RubyLyn’s plight in this tale steeped in the tobacco hills of Kentucky.”
“Richardson’s brilliant writing made me feel as though I were transported back in time to poor parched Nameless, Kentucky, and actually there witnessing this poignant heartfelt story. To be able to do that to a reader is a sign of a truly gifted novelist.”
--Charles Belfoure, New York Times bestselling author of The Paris Architect
“RubyLyn and Rainey remain sympathetic characters for whom readers will wish a happy ending.”
“Kim Michele Richardson aptly portrays the impoverished life of the hill people with her images of the beauty yet hardship of the mountains as well as the way this particular world experienced discrimination in the sixties.”
–New York Journal of Books
“Richardson’s debut novel will keep you riveted until all the loose ends are tied.”
--Kentucky Monthly Magazine
“You'll hear echoes of To Kill a Mockingbird in this haunting coming-of-age story, in which old and more recent tragedies collide. Beautifully written, atmospheric and intricately plotted, Kim Michele Richardson's debut novel will stay with you long after the last page is turned.”
—Susan Wiggs, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“This story has southern small-town charm and may appeal to those who like Rebecca Wells or Jennifer Chiaverini.”
“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 The Life She Was Given