SUMMARY ↠ Liar's Bench

Kim Michele Richardson Ä 1 SUMMARY

Ill to hatred and corruption that have echoed through the years and lies she must be brave enough to confront at last Kim Michele Richardson's lush beautifully written debut is set against a Southern backdrop passing uneasily from bigotry and brutality to hope With its compelling mystery and complex yet relatable heroine Liar's Bench is a story of first love raw courage and truths that won't be deni I found thi Billy Connolly debut is set against a Southern backdrop passing uneasily from bigotry and brutality to hope With its compelling mystery and complex yet relatable heroine Liar's Bench is a story of first love raw courage and truths that won't be A Lil Less Broken (The Kingsmen MC, deni I found thi


Liar's Bench

Aw keeps its secrets buried deep Muddy's almost than friend Bobby Marshall knows that better than most Though he passes for white one of his ancestors was Frannie Crow a slave hanged a century ago on nearby Hark Hill Plantation Adorning the town suare is a seat built from Frannie's gallows A tribute a relic and a caution it's known as Liar's Bench Now the answers Muddy seeks soon lead back to Hark H LIAR’S BE

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In 1972 on Mudas Summers' seventeenth birthday her beloved Mama Ella is found hanging from the rafters of their home Most people in Peckinpaw Kentucky assume that Ella's no good husband did the deed Others think Ella grew tired of his abuse and did it herself Muddy is determined to find out for sure either way especially once she finds strange papers hidden amongst her mama's possessions But Peckinp Muddy Summe

10 thoughts on “Liar's Bench

  1. says:

    Muddy Summer's seventeenth birthday went straight to hell Her mama Ella has been found and it appears that she has hung herself Muddy refuses to believe Ella would do such a thing and knows that her mama's husband beats her ever chance he gets Once she starts digging she realizes that the whole town has secrets and lies Set in the early 1970's this book pretty much centers itself around the town landmark The Liar's Bench The Liar's Bench came into being a century before when a slave named Frannie Crow was hanged based on her mistresses lies Her son dismantled the gallows and built the bench If you read this book get used to hearing about that bench I think it's only mentioned in every chapter at least twice Muddy's sorta boyfriend is Bobby Marshall who is a mixed race descendant of Frannie Crow's So into the story you have some racism and bigotry The thing is I felt that Muddy even showed signs of it I think I would have liked her better if she hadn't been so wishy washy He's the only person that sticks up for her and she sorta whines her way through any confrontations that pop upThe story line is not bad for this book I love southern fiction I have lived in the south my whole life and one of the big things that sticks out in this book is the language I have never heard of a southern person using the language that gets used in this book It's one of those things that I felt demeaned southern people We have slang and we have some southern drawl but I don't think I've ever heard the phraseIt doesn't do anyone any good to pluck their chickens in the windHuh?It completely threw the book off for me The whole book is written in the oddest language

  2. says:

    In the town suare of Peckinpaw Kentucky there is a sitting bench Dubbed the Liar's Bench it is constructed of wood from a gallows used to hang an innocent woman over a hundred years ago Many have taken a seat there on the Liar's Bench It provides a perch for gaggles of old women who gossip and cackle their false teeth clicking and clacking as they chat and judge It lends a welcome site for old men to rest their weary bones while they smoke and reminisce or for young lovers to sit and make their plans slyly stealing the occasional smooch The bench is there for anyone who needs to sit a spell and take a load off It was easy to picture the Top Hat Cafe Shucks Grocery and folks winding down from the day on front porches sipping sweet tea from jelly jars swaying gently in their porch swings Can't say that I've ever heard of Cow Plop Bingo but apparently it is a thing They must use really big bingo cards there Ha Although the storyline never did really click into place for me and the dialog seemed a bit off the setting itself made it worth reading

  3. says:

    OutstandingThis book had me up till 4 am to finish it Its one of those books that you keep thinking about hours after you're finished A great historical fiction packed with lies suicide and family history A most excellent book

  4. says:

    LIAR’S BENCH a powerful southern debut novel by Kim Michele Richardson a multi generational chilling mystery with a mix of coming of age humor and historical fiction covering a century of deceit From racial injustice lies small town secrets murder corruption two senseless hangings and three strong heroines of different generations; grabbing you by the heart from the first page to the last and never letting go Lovable well developed characters you will remember long after the book ends As the novel opens it is 1860 and readers briefly learn of the nasty mistress of Hark Hill Plantation Mrs Evelyn Anderson who cannot seem to deliver an heir for her husband Her faithful and innocent house slave Frannie Crow has been raped and accused of poisoning her mistress Of course after a jury of all white men she does not stand a chance They find her guilty and within a week the people line up on Town Suare to watch the hanging a proposed “poisoner and a thief” Frannie goes to her death with no one knowing the real truth She is innocent and her owners are the liars Afterwards her son Amos is given the pieces of his mama’s gallows and two healthy hogs along with his freedom papers He is instructed to build a bench for the town suare out of the wood left over to be called Anderson bench But its legacy of misfortune drawn from lies false promises and tall tales earned the name of Liar’s Bench the center point of the novelAs we jump to 1972 we hear from our main protagonist Mudas Elizabeth Summers age seventeen living in rural small town Peckinpaw Kentucky with her dad Adam Persis Summers attorney well liked in the small southern town Of course her dad also vowed to love her mom Ella Mudas Tilley but he cheated and drank More lies Unfortunately Mudas had to leave her dad after the divorce and moved with her mom to Nashville where her mom learns to love her refreshments liuor after she began associating with the devil Tommy Before the age of nine her mom had married a horrible and abusive man Tommy Dale Whitlock and Mudas were in the way so back to Peckinpaw her mom drops her off to live with her dad Before this time her dad uit drinking and cheating and begged her mom back with no success Her mom later returns to Peckinpaw with Tommy and they have a daughter Genevieve She becomes close to her mom with weekly visits when Tommy is not around; however due to him she was not invited to live with themNow her mom is dead hanging from the rafters She is heartbroken and knows it has to be a druggie and abusive Tommy or the nasty man McGee; however everyone says it was suicide What do McGee and a ledger have to do with her death? She loves her mom and knows for certain she would never commit suicide She has found the killer and figures out the mystery as we continue to learn about the events leading up to the murder hanging Mudas is a smart headstrong passionate and tenacious young woman She is not like most girls she is fighting in a man’s world of the deep south in the 1960s and 1970s in a small minded town in the middle of unrest and racial injustice telephone party lines the KKK Vietnam Civil Right movement her school does not even allow for a proper women’s athletic program even though she is a runner with a promising scholarship A virgin and naïve in the dating department she misses her grandmother long gone; her recipes warm loving heart and wise tales of scents of a man; how to know real love; now no mother to confide in Like most girls from a small town she has visions of success an education love and a better life With only one best girlfriend she now has a best guy friend Bobby He is part Indian Caucasian and African American; smart and maybe going to college in Boston as has lived in the big city the north where he is accepted; unlike this town where he is treated like a second class citizen She loves him and he wants to help her uncover the truth about her mom and in the process he may learn about his own past They are saying bad things about her mom and the danger intensifies the closer they get to discovering the truth; many clues leading them back to Hark Hill Plantation a graveyard a tree a cave encrypted messages ribbons a ledger and some cruel and evil men – nothing will stop her and Bobby is beside her every step of the way In this stunning coming of age charmer Mudas and Bobby two teens take on the entire town full of evil corruption and prejudice as they fight all obstacles for justice not only for their respective generation but importantly their family and the strong women heroines who gave their life as they help clear their names for generations to follow A mix of murder suspense thriller mystery coming of age first loves and historical and Southern Gothic fiction crossing several genres Loved loved LIAR’S BENCH and you will root for these two to the end loved the grandfather too When I read the summary I knew I would adore and immediately starting recommending to my Goodreads' friends before I reached page fifty With a line up of advance praise from my favorite authors Beth Hoffman Diane Chamberlain Amy Conner Jamie Mason and Susan Wiggs; high expectations Kim Michele Richardson storyteller lives up to every word and does not disappoint An outstanding debut novel predict a bestseller will warm your heart in this triumph over tragedy southern tale Being in this age range growing up in the south Richardson is right on with dialect atmosphere and setting of these times Infused with vivid descriptions of nature and true love explained through scents and the strength of a strong young woman ready to shed her childhood ways for womanhood during a time before love peace and bell bottoms making an ideal selection for book clubs with some great discussion uestions included I am looking forward to reading Richardson’s previous memoir The Unbreakable Child A Memoir About Forgiving the Unforgivable Fans of Dollbaby Calling Me Home The Right Thing This Dark Road to Mercy Snapshot To Kill a Mockingbird The Color of Justice Necessary Lies The Third Hill North of Town and upcoming Lavina will enjoy this entertaining southern gem Highly recommend A special thank you to Kensington Books and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review JDC Must Read BooksLook for Richardson's second novel GodPretty in the Tobacco Field and add to your reading list The Sisters of Glass Ferry Coming Nov 28 2017 5 Stars Kentucky's Finest Storyteller Grab a bottle of bourbon and get ready for some juicy southern secrets

  5. says:

    I finished this book days ago but I’m having a hard time rating and reviewing it Liar’s Bench has a great premise powerful beginning beautiful cover and some interesting characters Bobby’s grandfather Jessum is my favorite Plus the author paints a vivid picture of the 1970s era and a small Southern town BUTI didn’t rate it any higher because when Bobby comes into the picture the story takes on a different tone and style At times I felt like I was reading a different book If you like historical fiction books that include hope love lies racism and secrets you might like this book I would read another book by this author Thank you NetGalley for the advance copy uote I liked ”Look for the brightest star tonight and toss your wish to the heavens”

  6. says:

    Um wow No Words Which is good since my Grandma always tells me that if you can't say anything nice don't say anything at all

  7. says:

    Unfortunately this novel just didn't work for me I never felt connected to any of the characters I kept thinking throughout the entire novel ' Is there no where else to sit in this town'? The over use of the 'Liars Bench' truly irritated me Oh well

  8. says:

    I found this book to be tedious with the protagonist whining and it seemed to go nowhere I would have liked substance about Mudus and the relationship with her parents I also have no patience for someone who keeps allowing themselves to be abused I received a copy from Goodreads Givaway for a honest review

  9. says:

    “The Scars of Others Should Teach Us Caution”Back in August of 1860 in Peckinpaw Kentucky Mrs Evelyn Anderson Mistress of Hark Hill Plantation reported that she had been poisoned by her House SlaveFrannie Crow Frannie had been a victim of rape by the Plantation’s overseer and was unable to go about her usual schedule of house chores the following day after the assault When uestioned Frannie confessed what had happened Instead of having a pittance of sympathy the Mistress summoned the overseer and demanded that Frannie be flogged for all of the help to witness Two weeks later the frail and pregnant Mistress called for Frannie’s assistance complaining of a stomach ailment Remembering the concoction that her own Grandmother gave for such ailments Frannie fixes her a mild and milky tea Just hours later Mrs Anderson miscarries Mr Anderson reports the “poisoning” and Frannie to the town marshal After a 15 minute trial Frannie Crow is found guilty and is hanged 5 days later The remnants of her wooden gallows are given to her son Amos which eventually stand as a reminder of the lies which helped to create the gallows and is known as a “Liar’s Bench” in the town suare Many years later—in 1972 we are introduced to Mudas Summers who sadly is attending the burial of her Mother on her 17th Birthday Mudas’ Father is a prosecuting Attorney and neither he nor Mudas believe Ella committed suicide as was claimed A grief stricken Mudas decides to uncover the truth not only for her own peace of mind but to clear her Mother’s muddied name and make the future right for her Half Sister Genevieve She is met with lies rumors and shocking details that may lead her in the wrong direction Mudas is accompanied in her uest by her best friend Bobby Marshall who discovers some surprises himself as well as deeper feelings that have been well hidden for a long time They realize uickly that they’re up against many dangerous characters What has the Rooster Run Ledger got to do with any of this? Has the spirit of Frannie crow returned to claim justice and a better life for her loved ones? A lesson may be learned by all that there should be as much respect for the deceased as there is for the livingThis is a fantastic story which will hold you in suspense and not let you go until you sadly reach the last page The characters practically jump off the page due to the descriptiveness The Author has also kindly included recipes for Mudas’ favorite “Red Cabbage Apple Casserole” and yummy sounding “Potato Candy” I’m anxiously looking forward to Ms Richardson’s next work and I bet you will tooNancy Narma

  10. says:

    I really really wanted to like this book since author is from my husband's home state of KY where I lived for some years and the book has a beautiful cover that appealed to me Unfortunately I found reading it down right painfulthe dialogue is contrived and not in the least bit authentic The author is attempting to capture the southern flavor of speech but fails miserably In addition the story is taking place in the early 70'sa time of racism and great divides between people in our countryyet we are supposed to believe that a white girl from the south is allowed to date a black boy Those of us who lived through those years know it just wouldn't happen in a small southern town While the author certainly has the ability to write I think her editor did her a great disservice in not pointing out the blatant anachronisms and the appearance of unauthentic dialogue Shame on the editor

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