GodPretty in the Tobacco Field
by Richardson, Kim Michele






A young woman in 1969 Kentucky imagines what life can be through the gorgeously designed, handmade paper fortunetellers she distributes to the townsfolk while she tries to deal with the prejudice and hardship faced by an African-American neighbor she befriends.





Kim Michele Richardson is the award-winning, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Southern fiction, including The Sisters of Glass Ferry, Liar&;s Bench, GodPretty in the Tobacco Field and The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek, which was a LibraryReads selection, an IndieNext Pick, a Books-A-Million Best Fiction selection, an Oprah&;s Buzziest Books pick and a Women&;s National Book Association Great Group Reads selection. Born in Kentucky and a part-time resident of North Carolina, she is a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity and an advocate for the prevention of child abuse and domestic violence. Please visit her online at KimMicheleRichardson.com.





Her parents dead, 15-year-old RubyLyn lives with her stern, unbending Uncle Gunnar on their tobacco farm near the small town of Nameless, Kentucky. The year is 1969 and RubyLyn dreams of moving to the city, where she can pursue a career as a professional artist and where she can be free to marry Rainey, her uncle's African American field hand. But how can she make this happen? Her uncle denigrates her art, and, if he knew about her secret feelings for Rainey, he would surely forbid any kind of relationship. And then Rainey is drafted. Setting is everything in this crossover novel of the poverty-stricken region RubyLyn calls home. The reader learns a great deal about the impact of President Johnson's War on Poverty in rural Kentucky and, equally, about the place of women in that society in the late 1960s. Though the novel takes a turn to the soap-operatic as the plot develops, RubyLyn and Rainey remain sympathetic characters for whom readers will wish a happy ending. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.






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