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

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 among 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. The answers Muddy seeks soon lead back to Hark Hill, to hatred and corruption that have echoed through the years, and to 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “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, New York Times bestselling author of The Apple Orchard

  • “Century-old lies, murder, and racial injustice propel a feisty teen heroine to dig into the past in this richly imagined Southern gothic tale.”

    Beth Hoffman, New York Times bestselling author of Saving CeeCee Honeycutt

  • “Mudas Summers, the seventeen-year-old protagonist of Kim Michele Richardson’s atmospheric first mystery, grabs your hand and takes you along as she navigates the twists and turns of her life and in the process unearths the dark secrets of Peckinpaw…Richardson boldly probes behind the facade of place to unmask the damaged psyches of its inhabitants.”

    Gwyn Hyman Rubio, New York Times bestselling author of Icy Sparks

  • “With magical writing and a strong sense of time and place, Kim Michele 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

  • “A chilling view of race relations in the South.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Readers of Southern fiction won’t be able to turn the pages fast enough.”

    Ellen Marie Wiseman, author of What She Left Behind

  • Liar’s Bench is one of those rare books I wish I had written.”

    Ann Hite, author of Ghost on Black Mountain

  • “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

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