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"An intricately crafted plot with vivid characters make up Richardson's debut novel set in a small Kentucky town in the 1970's. Her beautifully descriptive storytelling gorgeously weaves a story centered around two hangings, which occur about a hundred years apart. Mudas and Bobby make strong protagonists as they find the courage to find answers within the volatile environment of the South. A wonderful story that will leave its mark on readers' hearts."
--RT Book Reviews, 4.5 Stars Top Pick
"This glorious debut novel is one of an unexpectedly fine crop of recent and new Southern fiction... Liar's Bench succeeds on many levels. As a coming-of-age story, it is splendidly realized and uplifting. As a portrait of a Southern community painfully stumbling into the age of racial and gender equality, it is penetrating and convincing. It is a high energy action tale. Ms. Richardson's evocation of the sensory world is supremely effective: much of any reader's delight will be rooted in savoring the sounds, smells, tastes, and fragrances that enhance her captivating vision of a typical Southern small town during two linked periods of its history."
--Southern Literary Review
"This has southern small-town charm... includes recipes and discussion questions and may appeal to those who like Rebecca Wells or Jennifer Chiaverini."
"A satisfying mystery with thought-provoking historical elements, written in a sassy Southern voice."
--Historical Novels Review
"Richardson manages to put together a chilling view of race relations in the South."
"Readers of Southern fiction won't be able to turn the pages fast enough..."
--Ellen Wiseman, author of What She Left Behind
"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
"With value for readers of all ages, Liar's Bench is a story that will stay with you long after the reading's done."
--Jamie Mason, author of Three Graves Full
"In Liar's Bench, her debut novel, Kim Richardson brings you home to meet her people and to pull up a rocker on the porch with a Mason jar of sweet tea, to watch the fireflies in the dusk while she spins a sure-footed tale of wrongful death, first love and reconciliation. Like Muddy, you'll find you cannot walk away."
--Amy Conner, author of The Right Thing
"Liar's Bench is one of those rare books I wish I had written."
--Ann Hite, author of Ghost on Black Mountain and Georgia Author Of The Year 2012