In the bestselling tradition of The Secret Life of Bees, Liar’sBench is an atmospheric, compulsively readable tale full of heart andhistory, set in 1970s Kentucky and exploring civil rights and family secrets.
In 1972 on Mudas Summers’ seventeenth birthday, herbeloved mama, Ella, is found hanging from the rafters of their home. Most peoplein Peckinpaw, Kentucky, assume that Ella’s no-good husband did the deed. Othersthink Ella grew tired of his abuse and did it herself. Muddy is determined tofind out for sure either way, especially once she finds strange papers hiddenamong her mama’s possessions.
But Peckinpaw keeps its secrets buried deep. Muddy’salmost-more-than-friend, Bobby Marshall, knows that better than most. Though hepasses for white, one of his ancestors was Frannie Crow, a slave hanged acentury ago on nearby Hark Hill Plantation. Adorning the town square is a seatbuilt from Frannie’s gallows; a tribute, a relic—and a caution—it’s known asLiar’s Bench. The answers Muddy seeks soon lead back to Hark Hill, to hatredand corruption that have echoed through the years, and to lies she must be braveenough to confront at last.
Kim Michele Richardson’s lush, beautifully writtendebut is set against a southern backdrop passing uneasily from bigotry andbrutality to hope. With its compelling mystery and complex yet relatable heroine,Liar’s Bench is a story of firstlove, raw courage, and truths that won’t be denied.