Linda’s Book Obsession Reviews “The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek” by Kim Michele Richardson, Sourcebooks, May 7, 2019
WOW! Kudos to Kim Michele Richardson, Author of “The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek” for writing such an intriguing, intense, captivating, riveting, compelling and thought-provoking novel. I love the vivid descriptions that Kim Michele Richardson uses of the characters and landscape. The Genres for this novel are Fiction, and Historical Fiction. The time-line for this novel is the Depression in Kentucky. The story goes to the past when it pertains to the characters or events . The author describes her dramatic characters as complex and complicated.
I found two things fascinating in “The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek”. The first is how important the Book Women who carried books and magazines on mule or horse were to the poverty-stricken people in the hills. The people looked forward to literacy, and trying to be able to connect with their world and make it a little bigger and better. The hills were treacherous, and there were all kinds of dangers for the Book Women to negotiate.
The second thing that I am amazed with is the “Blue People” who actually exist in Kentucky. These people were really blue and considered “colored” and feared because others felt they were contagious, and inferior. There was terrible prejudice to these people. More information can be found in the story.
Food was scarce during the Depression, but the people were so grateful for the Book Woman to bring the books to loan, they would often want to share what little they had. In Troublesome, the people were lucky to have one woman deliver the books.
I loved how courageous and brave the Book Woman was. I highly recommend this amazing novel, especially for those readers who enjoy adventure and a thought-provoking book. I received an ARC for my honest review.