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. Download and start listening now!