Liar's Bench


Product Details

Kensington Publishing Corporation
Publish Date
5.6 X 8.1 X 0.8 inches | 0.5 pounds

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About the Author

Kim Michele Richardson is the award-winning, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Southern fiction, including The Sisters of Glass Ferry, Liar's Bench, GodPretty in the Tobacco Fieldand The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek, which was a LibraryReads selection, an IndieNext Pick, a Books-A-Million Best Fiction selection, an Oprah's Buzziest Books pick and a Women's National Book Association Great Group Reads selection. Born in Kentucky and a part-time resident of North Carolina, she is a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity and an advocate for the prevention of child abuse and domestic violence. Please visit her online at


Praise for LIAR'S BENCH

"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."
--Publishers Weekly

"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