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GodPretty in the Tobacco Field

Kim Michele Richardson. Kensington, $15 trade paper (304p) ISBN 978-1-61773-735-0

Richardson’s (Liar’s Bench) deft second novel paints a picture of the hard life and bright dreams of young RubyLyn Bishop in Nameless, Ky., during the summer of 1969. Fifteen-year-old RubyLyn was orphaned young and is now the charge of her uncle, Gunnar Royal, a man with a harsh and rigid moral code. Henny Stump, her best friend, is so poor that her family resorts to selling their new baby. Her other neighbors, Beau Crockett and his three boys, are trouble. The only bright spots in her life are her secret love of Rainey Ford, her uncle’s field hand, the beautiful paper fortune tellers that she draws and folds, and her hope to win the $200 prize for her lush tobacco plants at the Kentucky State Fair. With the prize money, she plans to move to the big city of Louisville. Facing reality is never as easy as dreaming, but RubyLyn’s will may prove stronger than the grasp of Nameless. Richardson skillfully develops RubyLyn’s plight in this tale steeped in the tobacco hills of Kentucky. (May)