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Has a kinship despite her uncle s worrisome shadow and the town s disapproval RubyLyn s predictions are just wishful thinking not magic at all but through them she s imagining life as it could be away from the prejudice and hardship that ripple through NamelessAtmospheric poignant and searingly honest GodPretty in the Tobacco Field follows RubyLyn through the course of one blazing summer as heartbreaking revelations and life changing decisions propel her toward a future her fortunetellers never predicted My thoughts RubyLyn has an amazing voice This book is full of southern charm Kim always writes with such beauty and grace I just can t get enough She really outdid herself this time I didn t know what to expect just when I thought I knew what was going to happen with Ruby and Rainey it all changed RubyLyn and Rainey have been in love for forever Rainey is going off to Vietnam but they are in love and want to run away together but Gunnar won t let them When RubyLyn goes with Rose to the fair here is her moment to shine I could smell the smells of the fair and enjoy every moment what Kim does for the reader is like none other This could be her chance to get the prize money and get out of Nameless marry Rainey and start a new life This book took twists and turns this reader didn t see coming Bravo Kim I look forward to each book and Here are a few teasers from the book that really stood out for myself Gunnar jerked his head toward me You would do wise to keep a GodPreety soul when our weak mind is tempted to meddle in others affairsIf a field daisy could hold the strongest testament surely my prayers for Baby Jane could be penned to paperDeep down I knew this land claimed its sinners and held tight its secretsThis book is a must read I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion This is an authentic Southern coming of age that takes place during the summer of 1969RubyLyn fifteen Restful Sleep years old lives in Nameless Kentucky with her strict Uncle Gunnar Royal who physically and emotionally abuses her Every day she works long hours in the tobacco fields having been taught that there is GodPretty in the child who toils in the tobacco field However RubyLyn wonders why all kinds of GodUgly keeps happening around her She only finds enjoyment in her art which she uses to draw on her fortune telling triangles And then there is Rainey Ford just a smile from him brightens her day Rainey is Gunnar s field worker and he and RubyLyn have been playing together since he was 8 and she was 5 However as much as RubyLyn and Rainey want to marry the the town and Gunnar are against it Not only is Rainey on a lower social level but he is black Black men should not touch white girls in Nameless Kentucky Ruby Lyn is whiteThis summer RubyLyn is entering her tobacco in the Kentucky State Fair She wants to win the money so she can move to the big city and marry RaineyThe author placesou right in the hills of the South with her descriptive smooth writing You can tell she has done this before I have read many Southern books where the dialect is so strange that it interrupts my reading but the reader is in professional hands and can speed smoothly through this bookThis book touches on that time in a girl s life when everything is in transition am I a little girl or do I act like an adult Do I sit with the adults or run outside and play RubyLyn reminds the reader of playing the Who will I kiss first game Where will I live when I grow up and what will I do Who will I marry We see how much faster people had to grow up just a few decades ago It reuired courage both then and now to live the life of one s choosing NetGalley and the Publisher provided me this galley in exchange for an honest review It is 1969 but in No name Kentucky ou could never tell Home of tobacco farms poverty and crime They even have a day form the negroes to shop the only day they are allowed in the town stores to shop Racial tensions are still tense RubyLyn our 15 ur old narrator lives with her Uncle Gunnar he took her in after the death of her parents deaths she can t uite remember Her Uncle is a god fearing man a strict though not abusive disciplinarian He is determined to keep her on the straight and narrow to make sure her godpretty says inside RubyLyn wants only to escape this town and find a better lifeOur oung narrator is a hard working woman with many dreams We meet characters from many different walks of life Rose a lady who brings things to the farms things she sells things she makes she sneaks Rubylyn books so no wonder she is a favorite of mine But things will come to a head decisions will need to be made and eventually a resolution There is family friendship love and many secrets along the way This is a very good coming of age story listening to Rubylyn and how she sees her life Sad people fighting poverty heavy drinkers whom are the worst and many characters that will tug on our heart How things change for Ruby and what she goes through along the way is the kind of thing that makes a very good storyARC from Netgalley and Kensington Loved it What a wonderful coming of age story Very descriptive and engaging I felt like I was in the mountains of Nameless Kentucky A bit predictable but still a good read A beautifully written novel of Appalachia when women had no rights and racial interactions were taboo I felt like I was living this story as I read Sad beautiful full of music art the land and abject poverty I could not put it dow. Ing not magic at all but through them she’s imagining life as it could be away from the prejudice and hardship that ripple through NamelessAtmospheric poignant and searingly honest a Coalminer's Daughter meets Winter's Bone GodPretty in the Tobacco Field follows RubyLyn through the course of one blazing summer as heartbreaking revelations and life changing decisions propel her toward a future her fortunetellers never predict.
Summary GodPretty in the Tobacco Field
17 5 Stars Kentucky s finest storyteller A special thank ou to Kensington and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review Beautiful covers both book and audio JDCMustReadBooks I m halfway through Kim Michele Richardson s GodPretty in the Tobacco Field I haven t been reading it at a fast pace It s not a story to shoot through it s a story to savor and feel and contemplateThe story takes place in the Appalachian mountains of Kentucky in 1969 and the life there is not like any I ve personally experienced It s a hard life and seemingly an unforgiving life The author s writing is fluid these people of Nameless take the reader on a journey pulling ou along through their trials and tribulations lived both fearlessly and in fear and tugging at all those unwanted emotions eliciting my hate and my anger which I tried to avoid but couldn tCompassion is another emotion one that draws my heartstrings into a knot and plucks them at will I wanted to reach out to these people I wanted to defend and give back to them what sense I could make out of the futility they made of their livesMy reading is most always an emotional journey and not always an easy journey but one to remember and learn from A story is just a story that is until a truly gifted writer like Kim takes hold of it and sets it to print I m glad I came upon this novelistOnce I reached the halfway pages of this story it was hard to put downI turned my light out trying to sleep but couldn t three times on went the light and open went the book My mind just couldn t let go of these people and it was then that the truth to the words bitter sweet came aliveThis story speaks to the hardships of rural communities the hills of Kentucky the people who carry the grudges and the prejudices and the hate filled memories throughout their livesit s learned and taught and ingrained in the newborn and then the hate is passed on with ignorance from one generation to the nextAlthough love is not lost in this story it s the mainstay that holds onto hope like glue holding these people together Family Where would any of us be without hope I wanted to fight alongside these people I wanted to raise my fist to them showing their injustice but realized only new generations and time and truth could change the futures of these who are lost in their pastAs I just now finished reading Kim s novel I remembered this sentence from the first page there is GodPretty in the child who toils in the tobacco field her fingers whispering of arthritic days to come An omen a metaphor of sorts The lump in my throat settles and the tears stop threatening but never forgetting the ever presence of what was then is still prevalent in our United States today But with hope faith love and perseverance only time will tell RubyLyn Bishop is a 16 girl living in Appalachian Kentucky in 1969She struggles against her strict uncle and social norms in a town called Nameless Oh how wonderful is this book It is so hard to find good Southern fiction and even harder to find good Appalachian fiction This book was both for me I have never read an Appalachian novel that seemed so genuine before I grew up with grandparents that were from an area not far from where the story is set I could tell instantly the author knew what the heart of Appalachia is like From the poverty to the hard work and even the dialect I thought the novel was predictable but in the end was so wonderfully not It did drag a bit in the middle but other then that I found it to be perfect I give it four and 12 well deserved stars I was given a copy of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest reviewSee this review on my blogThe Book Return Blog Kim Michelle Richardson s second novel is set in rural Kentucky a fictional rural Appalachian town Nameless Kentucky where tobacco and coal mining provide meager means for a day to day existence Despite this being set during the era of Free Love other parts of the country ou ll feel like ou ve stepped back in time RubyLyn is a small child when her parents are gone first her father s death when she was only four followed by her mother s slow wasting away and joining her father only six months later Her mother s brother Gunnar comes to claim her as her only living kin and take to his home in Nameless The live she d lived before with her parents is gone none of the loving touches or the laughter Life on Gunnar s tobacco farm is daily sun up to sun down work If Ruby s not working in the fields she s on her hands and knees scrubbing the kitchen floor Gunnar s abuse mental physical and the endless correcting her to prevent her f Beauty and sweetness weave a diaphanous fabric against the stark backdrop of poverty and cruelty Sara Gruen 1 New York Times bestselling author of Water for Elephants Nameless Kentucky in 1969 is a hardscrabble community where jobs are few and poverty is a simple fact just like the hot Appalachian breeze or the pests that can wipe out a tobacco field in days RubyLyn Bishop is luckier than some Her God fearing uncle Gunnar has a short fuse and high expectations but he s given her a good home ever since she was orphaned at the age of five Yet now a month shy of her sixteenth birthday RubyLyn itches for Maybe it s something to do with the paper fortunetellers RubyLyn has been making for townsfolk each covered with beautifully wrought prophetic drawings Or perhaps it s because of Rainey Ford an African American neighbor who works alongside her in the tobacco field and with whom she. Lyn itches for Maybe it’s something to do with the paper fortunetellers RubyLyn has been making for townsfolk each covered with beautifully wrought prophetic drawings Or perhaps it’s because of Rainey Ford an African American neighbor who works alongside her in the tobacco field and with whom she has a kinship despite her uncle’s worrisome shadow and the town’s disapproval RubyLyn’s predictions are just wishful think.
Kim Michele Richardson returns following her Southern debut of Liar s Bench 2015 with GODPRETTY IN THE TOBACCO FIELD another Southern charmer A coming of age tale of one girl s strong determination beyond the small town of Nameless filled with dark secrets poverty tobacco injustice and hardship replaced with hope family and dreams for a better life if ou believeRichardson visited the backwoods and rural areas of Western Kentucky in Liar s Bench In GodPretty she explores Appalachia its darkly coal rich mountains and the hardscrabble people of Eastern KentuckyFrom the ugly tobacco fields Gunnar controls RubyLyn with punishment Anything to do with Gunnar and God would mean punishment However RubyLyn is innocent tender and has a heart of gold From ugly to beautiful A story of poverty oppression of Appalachian women in the sixties the conseuences fears and their limited futuresBeautifully written a Southern backdrop infused with art history and music from racial strife and the limitations of the South especially for women a look through the innocent eyes of a beautiful Thunder Voice (Sam Keaton: Legends of Laramie young girl At fifteen RubyLyn lives with her uncle Gunnar Royal almost sixtyears old in 1969 in the South in Nameless Kentucky She works the tobacco field every day and continues to receive abuse both emotional and physical by her uncle He took her to ten Rebelde Rendición (Saga Londres, years ago and he had made it his mission and sole purpose to chase out her parents devils Her daddy the sin chaser and snake handling pastor of Nameless Kentucky s Mountain Tent Tabernacle died when she was four and six months later her Mama passed as well RubyLyn wonders why there is so much ugly She misses her mama Henny Stump her best friend is so poor that her family resorts to selling their new baby Her other neighbors Beau Crockett and his three boys are trouble At age forty four Rose is her salvation Rose drives a truck and brings back items from Woolworths to sell to the locals She takes special care of RubyLyn as she knows she has no other female influences From books sketch pads to frilly feminine treasures She encourages her and her talents She creates art out of ordinary tobacco paper RubyLyn liked the word folk artists Rose says artists need good paper and new places to visit to be inspired She loves to draw and create beautiful things on her fortune telling triangles Making her feel alive and closer to her Mama Her ticket out of this town and lifeRainey Ford is a black field worker and he always looks out for her Over the past tenears she saw he had turned into a fine Wretched Moments young man but a softness that made her heart sing Gunnar did not care for Rainey s lip any than RubyLyn s sass things he called sins Will her uncle s heart ever soften The time is approaching for the date of the 1969 Kentucky State Fair the following month She has to win the prize money in order to get her a new life in Louisville She would be sixteen in September and she knew if Rose made it there at thirteen she had a shot She kept her small hinged box Her daddy s stuff was long gone replaced with memories a tiny next of rescued threads from Mama s clothes along with the dried tobacco leaves and looms that Rainey had given her with his promise They first met when he was eight and she was five growing up together Back then he had asked her to marry him sealed with a kiss Rainey is going off to Vietnam but they are in love and want to run away together but of course this would not be allowed Of course they know all too well they will never be able to be together in this town Black guys did not mix with white women She knows if they can get away they could have a life together She has read about places where they would be acceptable They both know by staying in this town was as good as being dead Then there was Baby Jane she had to protect RubyLyn knew when she left she was never returning to the tobacco field and unfairness of life and her mean Uncle She has to believe in than magic Kim Richardson has a warm genuine way of drawingou into the Southern world with vivid settings and insights of a Estimating centrifugal compressor performance young girl Her passion for her Kentucky roots is reflected in her writing and research of the areas Beyond the poverty and the hot dry tobacco field and unfairness of life there is beauty From dark secrets of the past forbidden love and of dreams Readers will fall in love with RubyLyn I enjoyed the author s notes and the phrase she created GodPretty to show starkness in the brutal and beautiful land and its people and mysteries To Gunnar the term applied to females pushing his strict moral codes on RubyLyn He wanted his niece to be pretty in the eyes of God so he could protect her when he was not around her soul would shine Ideal choice for book clubs and further discussions Rich in history character magic and especially land which is an important theme of the book Filled with music and the sweet memories and excitement ofouth and summers at the State Fair How poverty affects learning habits choices and self worth As with the soil and land our souls need nourishment and cultivating The agricultural community is strong in the Bluegrass State Kentucky and still leads the nation in burley tobacco production with miles of running water than any other state except AlaskaFor Southern fans of Julie Kibler s Calling Me Home Diane Chamberlain s Necessary Lies Mary Marcus Lavina and Laura Lane McNeal s Dollbaby If ou have not read Richardson s Liar s Bench highly recommendBe sure and pre order The Sisters of Glass Ferry coming Nov 28 20. Nameless Kentucky in 1969 is a hardscrabble community where jobs are few and poverty is a simple fact just like the hot Appalachian breeze or the pests that can wipe out a tobacco field in days RubyLyn Bishop is luckier than some Her God fearing uncle Gunnar has a short fuse and high expectations but he’s given her a good home ever since she was orphaned at the age of five Yet now a month shy of her sixteenth birthday Ruby.
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Kim Michele Richardson lives in Kentucky and resides part time in Western North Carolina She has volunteered for Habitat for Humanity building houses and is an advocate for the prevention of child abuse and domestic violence partnering with the US Navy globally to bring awareness and education to the prevention of domestic violence She is the author of the bestselling memoir The Unbreakable