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Richardson to discuss ‘GodPretty in the Tobacco Field’ today at Barr Memorial Library

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By MICHAEL STEINMACHER

Kentucky author Kim Michele Richardson will discuss and sign her new book “GodPretty in the Tobacco Field” 6 p.m. today at Barr Memorial Library.

“GodPretty in the Tobacco Field” takes readers on the journey of a young girl from rural eastern Kentucky in the summer of 1969. Forced to suffer at the hand of her God-fearing uncle who has a short fuse and high expectations, orphaned RubyLyn seeks peace in the midst of her poverty-stricken town with her tobacco patch, a forbidden first love and her homemade paper fortune tellers she carefully crafts for townsfolk.

“GodPretty in the Tobacco Field” is the touching tale of love and loss while examining the influence of land, devastating poverty and the oppression of Appalachian women in the 1960s, which is still relevant today.

“GodPretty in the Tobacco Field” is Richardson’s second novel following “Liar’s Bench.” Her third novel “The Sisters of Glass Ferry” will be released later this year. Richardson is also author to the bestselling memoir “The Unbreakable Child” and is a frequent contributor to the Huffington Post.

Currently working on her fourth novel, “A Familiar Bluet,” Richardson resides in the Appalachian region of Eastern Kentucky where she is an active volunteer with Habitat for Humanity and an advocate for the prevention of child abuse and domestic violence. She has also partnered with the U.S. Navy to bring domestic violence prevention education.

Richardson’s work has been celebrated by sources such as Booklist, The New York Journal of Books and Publishers Weekly which praises Richardson and “GodPretty in the Tobacco Field” said, “Richardson’s deft second novel paints a picture of hard life and bright dreams...Richardson’s skill fully develops RubyLyn’s plight.”

Copies of “GodPretty in the Tobacco Field” will be available for purchase at the event.

For further information, contact the library at (502) 624-1232.